I have a regular categories widget (or "block" in the new terminology), that creates a <ul> with my categories.

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I want to add a fake category for linkbuilding reasons, an entry to this list that points to an external URL.

How can I do?

I found only the_category_list hook but it doesn't seem to do what I need...

Tried also with the filters widget_categories_args and block_categories_all and but they are not called. (wp 6.0)

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    the_category_list filters the list of categories on a given post, eg, for display on a single post. I think you're looking for the get_terms filter, which filters the list of terms in a given taxonomy (in your case, the taxonomy is category).
    – Pat J
    Commented Jun 27, 2022 at 13:43

1 Answer 1


Done like this:

function cat_filter($args) {

    if (count($args) < 10) {
        return $args;

    $new = new WP_Term((object)[
        'term_id' => -17,
        'name' => 'Blog',
        'slug' => 'blog',
        'taxonomy' => 'category',
    array_splice($args, -5, 0, [$new]);

    return $args;

add_filter('get_terms', 'cat_filter', 10, 1);

add_filter('term_link', function( $url, $term, $taxonomy ) {
    if ( $term->term_id == -17 ) {
        $url = "https://example.com";
    return $url;
}, 10, 3);

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