The “WP Categories Widget” is a very simple plugin to display the list of categories for any taxonomies type (WooCommerce Product Category, Blog Category, Project Category…etc) on your wordpress website. Using WP Categries Widget you can display list of categories anywhere on your website. And also you can disable the widget block editor and enable the classic widget layut to edit the sidebar.
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Great plugin to add a functionality that should be already in wordpress core. I have a few improvements to suggest:
- option to make the initial state of the children lists all expanded instead of hidden.
- option to hide a parent term but not their children.
- option to make a parent unclickable, working only as a visual parent for their indented children list.
- different sorting options other than alphabetical.
- add a class to terms that are associated with current post so it can be highlighted with CSS.
- advanced mode where user can select multiple terms before submit, working as a search filter, and a button for clearing all selected terms.
(Initial review:) Love the extra control of category lists and the ability to choose which categories to show and which to hide. The upgrade allows even more options, including CSS, which my native theme does not allow! Would like to see the option in the future to have the CSS for this plugin default to the theme's CSS for sidebar widgets. Other than that, all good!
Update, a few days later:
Gradually, my site loading got slower and slower, particularly as I began to take advantage of the Custom CSS feature in the Pro version.
The first thing I noticed was that the Custom CSS sometimes applied only to the widget, but sometimes, it had site-wide effects, which is definitely NOT what is wanted.
The second thing was that there did not seem to be any access to CSS for the list (categories) elements.
I contacted support, asking for the default CSS settings, but despite the promise of "Faster support" for the Pro version, I have not heard anything back... nor from my very first support enquiry. So, two enquiries, no answers.
How do I know that this plugin caused the site to slow almost to a standstill? Because, when I finally removed it completely, after first trying to simply reinstall the widget and after then simply deactivating the plugin, neither of which corrected the slow load of the website, everything went back to normal, i.e. the site is now loading correctly.
I would have welcomed some feedback and support from the author of this plugin, but this was not forthcoming, so I had no choice but to reduce the rating and give this update.
I was prompted to recommend this plugin because in a meeting with a client today, she chose this plugin over an accordion-style navigation plugin. I have also installed it, with success on two other client sites.
Some of the features my client liked:
1. When there are subcategories, making them visible keeps them visible until another action is taken. They don't disappear when the mouse moves.
2. She liked the feature that the number of posts in the categories can be hidden.
3. She liked how clean it was compared to another plugin we tried.
For me, I like how easy it is to add to the site.
I thought this plugin would be simple to install and use. However, even with the help of the developers making changes (including CSS) through my WordPress admin panel, it fails to load properly on mobile. I had spent several hours trying to get it to work, even with their help and I eventually uninstalled it and went with another solution.
I would recommend this plugin instead as even the free version gave me the functionality that this one did and actually worked. https://wordpress.org/plugins/iks-menu/