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Version 1.33   Updated Monday, July 6th, 2009 at 6:18pm

Drop-Down Post List Plugin for WordPress

This plugin allows you to easily display drop-down boxes containing the posts for specified categories (or all categories). You can use this plugin by entering the trigger text in a post or page, or by adding the function call directly to your theme files. You can display as many drop-down boxes as you like, and you have a choice between a standard select box (with button), or a ‘jump menu’ (as the visitor clicks on a post, they will immediately be taken to that page without having to click a button). Other options are also available.


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This is a generated drop-down post list, listing the posts of a particular category:

Topic: WordPress Plugins and Mods


  • Download the above file, rename it from .txt to .php, and upload it to your plugins directory
  • Enable the plugin
  • Configure the plugin under the DDPostList options page


There are two ways you can use this plugin.

Note: In both examples below, replace # with the category ID you want to list posts from, or use the word all to display posts from all categories.

1) In a post or page:

<!-- ddpl # -->
<!-- ddpl all -->

2) In a template file::

<?php echo ddpl_list(#); ?>
<?php echo ddpl_list('all'); ?>

Change Log

  • 07-09-09 Version 1.33 – Added method to display posts from all categories. Changed the way the WP version was being detected for calls to the database.
  • 02-17-09 Version 1.32 – Small change to produce valid xhtml when using more than one drop-down on a page
  • 08-12-08 Version 1.31 – Small change to produce valid xhtml
  • 09-27-07 Version 1.3 – Updated to work with WordPress 2.3. Added ‘Load Default Options’ button
  • 08-01-07 Version 1.2 – Option added to specify default option in list
  • 07-29-07 Version 1.1 – More options added
  • 07-28-07 Version 1.0 – First release


The code this plugin generates is fairly plain (no special formatting), but to make customization easy, the form has been assigned a CSS class: ddpl-form

For example, if you would like to set the width of the select field, add this code to your theme’s style sheet:

form.ddpl-form select { width: 200px; }


Here are the current options available (found under the DDPostList options page)

Form Type – You can choose to have the plugin generate a ‘jump menu’, or a traditional list with a submit button

Default Option – If entered, this is the first option that will show up in the list (does not link to anything)

Button Text – If using a traditional list, this is the button text

Sorting Method – You can choose to sort by post date (ascending or descending), or post title

Post Limit – This allows you to define a limit for the number of posts in the list (0 for no limit)

Add Before Form – Code added here will be displayed before the generated form

Add After Form – Code added here will be displayed after the generated form

Add Before List – Code added here will be displayed before the list

Add After List – Code added here will be displayed after the list

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  1. 251
    Ann Marie

    Thanks so much. Works well even though this is an old post.

  2. It worked for me, i had to download a php widget though to add a php code instead, its great and working fine, thanks.

  3. Interesting plugin, thanks… Lau

  4. Hi

    Great Plugin. I have one problem. It seems to put some box before and after the dropdown. What is that and how can I remove it? Please check http://www.threecitiesweddings.co.za to see what I mean.


  5. thanks for the help, but can you tell me, how can i use this as a custom field in my registration page.

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  9. DDPostList worked “right of the box” for me – after pasting the code <!-- ddpl all --> into a wordpress page, the drop down list of all my wordpress posts was there!

    What I’m actually looking for is to have a dropdown list of all wordpress posts and wordpress pages in one specific category – so I changed the code to <!-- ddpl 3548 --> – the wordpress posts are displayed but not the wordpress pages.

    Is it necessary to change the coding in the php file to get it to work with wordpress pages?

    Please advise.

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  11. I am looking for a plugin which allows me to first select a country and then shows a dropdown with a list of states and cities for that country….is there a plugin available??

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