I have created a front end post with a form and I would like to have several categories for the user to choose between. But the problem is that the dropdown category only show those categories that are in use. I need it to show all categories even if they are not in use.

The code I'm using is following:

wp_dropdown_categories(   'show_option_none=Kategori&tab_index=4&taxo. nomy=register_vote_category' );
  • Are you using wp_dropdown_categories Jun 3, 2014 at 10:02
  • Yes, I forgot to say that. I'm currently using <p><?php wp_dropdown_categories( 'show_option_none=Kategori&tab_index=4&taxonomy=register_vote_category' ); ?></p> Jun 3, 2014 at 10:06
  • You should add this info in an edit Jun 3, 2014 at 10:14

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wp_dropdown_categories() has a parameter specially to hide or to show empty categories.


(boolean) (optional) Show (0/False) or hide (1/True) category with no posts.

Default: 1/True

You can simply just


to your arguments

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    +1 This is most likely what the OP is looking for. I misread the question and thought he only wanted to show the empty categories ;-) ps You wrote wp_list_categories instead of wp_dropdown_categories.
    – birgire
    Jun 3, 2014 at 10:24

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