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[Resolved] Filter – Use type select for field

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Last updated by Ole Andreas Vekve 6 years, 4 months ago.

Assigned support staff: Nigel.


I am trying to add a filter to my archive page. The filter has two filters, one made from single line, and one from the WP Category.

I want both to show up as dropdowns. The one from WP Category works just fine, but the one with field does not just up in dropdown.

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Here is what I have so far:

[wpv-filter-start hide="false"]
[wpml-string context="wpv-views"]Kunstner[/wpml-string] [wpv-control field="kunstner" url_param="kunstner" type="select"]
[wpml-string context="wpv-views"]Type[/wpml-string] [wpv-control taxonomy="category" url_param="wpv-category" type="select"]

How can this problem be solved?

Could it be that field "kunstner" is not appropriate for this control type?

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The contents of select dropdowns are either static or, in certain cases, dynamic.

By static I mean that, if you create a Types select custom field, for example, you manually specify the options and their display values, and these are stored as metadata in array form with the field.

By dynamic I mean that the dropdown options are determined by a query of some sort, for example if you are filtering by a category then the relevant category terms will be retrieved by a query and used to populate the select box.

A text field fits neither of these cases. I suspect that you want the select box to show any and all of the different entries that have been entered for the text field, but there is no means to do this.

If that is what you want to do then you might be better off using tags (unstructured text taxonomy terms) which fit the dynamic select box case.

Or, you can mimic the static case with your text field if there are a limited number of known values the text field might contain. When you go to insert the filter for your text field as a select box you have the option to manually enter the values which will show in the select box. See the attached screenshot...


Very good answer. Made taxonomies and the problem was solved.