Lets say I have the following Categories in Wordpress:

Product Category - Cat A - Cat B - Cat C

Service Type - Service A - Service B - Service C

On the Manage Posts page on the Admin side, I want to have 2 drop down filters for both Product Category, and Service Type, so I can filter by both on the backend.

How can I do this?

  • Maybe this is not an exact duplicate (but I'll flag as such), because you're asking about Posts and the other about Custom Post Types, but the answer provided by Stephen Harris is built to filter Posts. Check his answer and adapt the taxonomy to your own. You will have to duplicate some blocks of code to make it work with 2 Custom Taxonomies. wordpress.stackexchange.com/q/43007/12615
    – brasofilo
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 18:52
  • But I'm not looking to do with custom taxonomies. Im just looking to do this with the standard Category in Wordpress. I just want multiple <select> statements based off of each Parent Category. So in the above, I want a <select> for Product Category, and a <select> for Service Type
    – dtj
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 19:44

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I'd say it's quite a huge task to split the default taxonomy in two dropdowns. Maybe some wizard stumbles upon your question and enlighten us...

The biggest problem I see is the split itself, because you can modify the query &cat=1 to &cat=1,25 so as to list two categories (by their id's).

What I suggest is creating a custom taxonomy for dealing with either Products or Services. And leave the other in the default categories.
And then apply the solution I linked in the comments to the question.

This way is easy to have two dropdowns and do the custom filtering you're looking for.
Just tested and it works.

Hope this helps.

  • Ok, yeah I had done that. Just wanted to make sure there wasn't a way to do it all as 'Categories'
    – dtj
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 23:44

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