How do I create a simple dropdown menu with 3 options in a widget? I'm using $instance to do it. How would it look in a barebones widget?

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This is what I do:

Static Options

<select id="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('posttype'); ?>" name="<?php echo $this->get_field_name('posttype'); ?>" class="widefat" style="width:100%;">
    <option <?php selected( $instance['posttype'], 'Option 1'); ?> value="Option 1">Option 1</option>
    <option <?php selected( $instance['posttype'], 'Option 2'); ?> value="Option 2">Option 2</option> 
    <option <?php selected( $instance['posttype'], 'Option 3'); ?> value="Option 3">Option 3</option>   

Generate with options with PHP (example)

<select id="<?php echo $this->get_field_id('posttype'); ?>" name="<?php echo $this->get_field_name('posttype'); ?>" class="widefat" style="width:100%;">
    <?php foreach(get_post_types($getposttype_args,'names') as $post_type) { ?>
        <option <?php selected( $instance['posttype'], $post_type ); ?> value="<?php echo $post_type; ?>"><?php echo $post_type; ?></option>
    <?php } ?>      

You want to change all instances of posttype to whatever field_id you want to use.

  • You're really good at explaining, thanks a lot! This completes my plugin now.
    – SloBros
    Jun 15, 2011 at 0:21
  • i used the same solution above and its giving "Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '<' in C:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress\wp-content\plugins\genderplugin\genderplugin.php on line 100" error
    – user54095
    Jun 12, 2014 at 5:51
  • how do you save these values to the widget, and then get the selected value?
    – RobBenz
    May 10, 2018 at 14:04

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