I'm using wp_list_pages for my sidebar and it works fine to me, i just wanna add new feature which seems is not listed on codex or i don't know how to use it.

$args = array(
  'child_of'     => 284,
  'post_type'    => 'page',
  'sort_order'  => 'ASC',
  'sort_column' => 'post_date',
  'title_li'     => '', 
<div id="#sidebar">
<?php wp_list_pages( $args ); ?>

and here is my CSS, as you see i get the '

  • ' a background color with some padding.

    #sidebar li {
    font-size: .75em;
    padding: 10px;
    margin: 0 0 5px 0;
    background: #f18c21;
    color: white;

    So the think is, the only text on the li got the link, but what i would like to do is get the whole li section linked to the pages. Is there any way to do that?

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    • wp_list_pages() should already come in <li><a>...</a></li> format. Is this not what is happening or am I misunderstanding the question? If you want to have some more customization options you can use get_pages() Function and loop through the items yourself to tag and style them.
      – Howdy_McGee
      Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 18:23
    • Exactly! 'wp_list_pages()' comes with '<li><a>..</a></li>' but what i want is <a><li>..</li></a> Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 18:29
    • Might I ask why you would like it as that? Not only is it not allowed in the HTML specifications but anything you need can surely be done in CSS.
      – Howdy_McGee
      Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 18:30
    • This is my html output : s18.postimg.org/dotm2owop/… I want to link whole the orange section not just the inside text, How can i do that with CSS? Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 18:38
    • Try #sidebar li a {display: block;} Then you can remove the styling off the list item and put them onto the anchor tag which should work.
      – Howdy_McGee
      Commented Apr 22, 2014 at 18:41

    1 Answer 1


    As already said it's a question of the css-styles. Try something like

    #sidebar li a {
        display: block;
        margin: 0;
        padding: 5px 15px 5px 5px;
        text-align: left;

    The a tag gets the padding, not the li-tag


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