WordPress PHP function: HTML select element for posts & pages

Shortcode Attributes

Given the scope of the wp_query object, there are any number of queries that might be performed. We’ve included the most relevant search parameters to filter results.


There are 8 major post statuses that WordPress uses by default. The one that is likely to be used with a dropdown is publish (default). Other custom post types may also be used.


There are several post types that are readily available to users or internally used by the WordPress installation by default. The two that are most likely to be used are post and page (default).


If displaying pages, you may nominate a parent page. Usage will display child pages.


The exclude attribute is a comma delimited list of posts or pages to exclude form results.


To display results by author, use the author ID or login username.


To limit posts by category, use the category ID.


To limit return posts by tag, use the tags ID (multiple tags may be used).


You may order by ASC or DESC.


You may order by a large number of parameters . Most common are none, ID, author, title, name (the post slug), date, and rand (random).


If you include the date in the dropdown alongside the title, you may optionally alter the date presentation. While it defaults to the format defined by you in your WP installation,
you can alter with PHP’s date formatting.


To include the date alongside the post, use date="1".


By default we’ll return all posts, limit with number="10".


Wrap the result in paragraph tags with p="1". This navigates issues with WP shrotcodes and paragraph formatting.


Alter the style with the textbox here. For example, style="height: 30px; width: 400px;".


To change the text on the select box (Select Page), use text="Text in here".


Since post lengths can be long, you may truncate them with length="60". This uses the beliefmedia_split_dropdown_string() function.


The wp_query can be an expensive operation. We cache the result for 8 hours by default. Alter in the shortcode or hardcode into the function.

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