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Whats the difference between the wp_list_categories and get_categories?

Wordpress codex says

use get_categories if needs a function that does not format the results

what format is this referring to? Will it affect the performance if I use the other one? And if i want to display all the hierarchical custom taxonomy links on a page, should I use those two functions or use another one?

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    Have you actually tried using any of the functions. If you did, you have already answered your own question with use get_categories if needs a function that does not format the results – Pieter Goosen Dec 15 '15 at 9:10
  • @Pieter Goosen kk i will go and test out first : ) thx – vid Proli Dec 15 '15 at 9:12
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wp_list_categories gives you HTML markup of links (<a>) to the categories while get_categories just returns the data to be used for whatever you wanted.

But actually Pieter is right, in such cases just give it a try, nobody will get hurt ;)

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