WordPress supports the most common form fields for settings in the Customizer, such as text fields, checkboxes, selects, color pickers or media uploads. If the standard types for options are not sufficient, you can create your own very simple customizer controls by deriving from the
A popular setting for magazine themes is the selection of a category for displaying articles in a featured content area. A separate control can take over the generation of the dropdown select and thus simplify the creation of category selection options in the theme.
Create Category Dropdown Control
With this short snippet of code you can create your own control to select a category:
It is important to prefix the newly created class to avoid conflicts with other plugins. Otherwise we only need the function
render_content() to display the options.
get_categories() we get all the categories of the page. The required HTML code is then generated in a foreach loop. The WordPress function
selected() is used to determine the currently selected category.
Create option with new control
The new Category Dropdown Control can then be used. The following code creates a new featured content section in the customizer, which contains a setting for selecting a featured category:
This code example can of course also be modified to create your own customizer controls for the selection of posts, pages, tags or other custom post types and custom taxonomies.