Is there a way to exclude all categories except one? I want to show a category and it's sub-categories as a dropdown menu, but the admin might add more subcategories to it so I don't want to limit what they can put in there by just including unique ID's.

So I want to exclude all categories except 1 and it's subcategories. Is this possible with wp_list_categories()?

2 Answers 2


Try the exclude parameter in the wp_list_categories. That should remove the selected categories and their descendants.

EDIT: Must be getting late; this almost the opposite of what you wanted. To only include one category term in a drop-down menu (and all of its descendants), you can use child_of.

  • Right but if the admin adds more categories and sub categories I would then have to go in and exclude their specific ID everytime. I'm trying to find something flexible.
    – Howdy_McGee
    Jan 26, 2012 at 16:18
  • You said you want to exclude all categories except 1... If you want to include only specific categories (i.e. pre-defined ones that a client hasn't added, you'll want include instead.) Jan 26, 2012 at 16:20
  • If he uses 'include', does he have to include children IDs as well?
    – Shane
    Jan 26, 2012 at 16:24
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    Yes, or he could use your solution; I don't think there's an automatic way of doing it. But if he just want's to show a category term and all its subcategories then he can just use the child_of. Jan 26, 2012 at 16:32

Theres possibly a better way of doing this, but this should work :

 $the_terms = get_terms( 'category', 'child_of=<replace with parent id>' );

 $included_terms = array('<replace with parent id>' );

 if( $the_terms )
      foreach( $the_terms as $the_term )
           $included_terms[] = $the_term->term_id;

 sort( $included_terms );

      'include' => $included_terms

This way will make sure you don't have to update the list of IDs

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