Please be gentle, I'm new to all this coding! I have finally worked out how to get a frontend dropdown field allowing me to select from EDD categories (I got this from the Codex):

<div class="gallery-row">
  <li id="categories">
    <h2><?php _e( 'Categories:' ); ?></h2>
    <form id="category-select" class="category-select" action="<?php echo esc_url( home_url( '/' ) ); ?>" method="get">
      <?php $args = array(
        'taxonomy' => 'download_category', // EDD custom post type Taxonomy
        'order'    => 'ASC' // Order of the list
      wp_dropdown_categories($args); ?>
      <input type="submit" name="submit" value="view" />

This is my original code,'selecttaxonomy' is a ACF taxonomy field (and only appears on the backend):

<div class="content clearfix"><div class="gallery-row2">
  $current_page = get_query_var('paged'); // Retrieving the data
  $per_page = get_option('posts_per_page');
  $offset = $current_page > 0 ? $per_page * ($current_page -1) : 0;
  $taxval = get_field('selecttaxonmy');

  $product_args = array(
    'post_type'         => 'download',
    'posts_per_page'    => $per_page,
    'offset'            => $offset,
    'download_category' => $taxval,
  $products = new WP_Query($product_args);

  <?php if ($products->have_posts()) : $i = 1; ?> //and off into the loop.....

What I can't figure out is how to replace 'selecttaxonomy' with the output of the dropdown - help please. The page I'm working on is: https://ageingdj.com/0anotheredd-test/ (ignore the styling please)


wp_dropdown_categories() will produce a select element with the default name and id of cat. You can change these by passing different values for id and cat in the $args array. The default value it uses is the term_id. Depending on what you're expected to use in the get_field() function, you can also change that in the $args array.

$args = array(
  'taxonomy'    => 'download_category',
  'order'       => 'ASC',
  'value_field' => 'slug',

Then in the second part:

$cat = esc_attr( $_GET[ 'cat' ] );
$product_args = array(
  'post_type'         => 'download',
  'posts_per_page'    => $per_page,
  'offset'            => $offset,
  'download_category' => $cat,

I've never combined ACF and EDD this way, so it might need some fiddling.

  • Hi there, Thanks for your answer but I'm getting the blank screen from hell! – Ageingdj Mar 15 '18 at 21:49
  • Sorry, pressed enter...What do I do on the second part please? Do I delete any rows? and shouldn't 'value_field' => 'slug', and 'download_category' => $cat, return the same value? – Ageingdj Mar 15 '18 at 21:53
  • Sorry, for some reason I now have results but not what I wat - i'm getting all my posts in reverse (latest first) not the EDD Downloads - wierd. – Ageingdj Mar 15 '18 at 22:04
  • Sorry, I just can't get this to work - anyone have any ideas please? I've also tried get_categories() but had no luck there either. (all I want is to pass the category selected from the drop down into $cat - thats all). – Ageingdj Mar 17 '18 at 15:34

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