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Three alternative to standard widget Categories, Recent Posts and Pages. These widgets can be used as short tags:

  1. WK_trem working with categories, post_tag or any taxonomies. Settings from function get_terms().
  2. WK_posts works with posts, pages and any other type of records. Settings from class WP_Query.
  3. WK_pages working pages, posts, and any other type of records. The data received through the function get_pages(). Unlike WK_posts working with tree hierarchical data.

Collapse – hide inactive branches of a tree – can significantly reduce the list categories or pages, Javascript is not used – hide html code.

Plagin supported hierarchical structure, this has its own Walker.

To construct the resulting html code You can used micro-templates.

Description and examples eXtra optsy see plugin page:

wk_terms – categories, tags and other taxonomic

wk_posts adn wk_pages – posts, page


  • Add a widget to the sidebar

  • Categories tree

  • Pages tree

  • Use as a shortcod


  1. Unzip and upload folder whale-kit to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go to Apperance->Widgets add a widget in the sidebar and configure it.
  4. You can use short tags [wk_posts …] or [wk_terms …] or [wk_pages …] in the text post or page.
  5. You may need to format the SSC, give an example to collapse lists:

    .widget_wk_post_widget ul,
    .widget_wk_pages_widget ul{ border-left: dotted 1px #DEDEDE; }
    .widget_wk_post_widget ul.childs,
    .widget_wk_pages_widget ul.childs{ border-left: dotted 1px #DEDEDE; margin-left: 0.5em;}
    li.page_item>a:before{ content:’-‘ }
    li.page_has_children>a:before { content:’+ ‘ }
    li.current_page_ancestor > a:before { content:’- ‘ }
    li.current_page > a:after { content:’ <‘ }
    li.current_page>a {text-decoration: underline}

    .widget_wk_terms_widget ul{ border-left: dotted 1px #DEDEDE; padding-left: .2em }
    .widget_wk_terms_widget ul.childs { margin-left: 0.5em; }
    li.cat_item>a:before{ content:’ ‘ }
    li.cat_has_children>a:before { content:’+’ }
    li.current_cat > a:before { content:’-‘ }
    li.current_cat > a {text-decoration: underline}
    li.current_cat_ancestor > a:before { content:’-‘ }
    .widget_wk_terms_widget li sup { font-size: 9px; margin: -5px 0 0 5px; vertical-align:top !important; }
    .widget_wk_terms_widget li a{ vertical-align:bottom !important; margin-top: 5px;}

add this code to a file style of the current theme or to include other way


Show child categories from the category My_Category id:34

[wk_terms child_of=34]

Show all categories and empty too

[wk_terms hide_empty=0]

Exclude a category 32 and all childs

[wk_terms exclude_tree=array(32)]

Sort categories by count of records

[wk_terms orderby=count order=ASC]
for the widget:

Collapse categories

[wk_terms collapse=1 hierarchical=1]
The collapse of the inactive branches of the tree of categories.

Display tags and specify the number of records

[wk_terms taxonomy=post_tag show_count=1]

Show category and set the font size depending on the number of entries in the category

[wk_terms show_count=1 size_of_count=1 smallest=8 largest=22 unit=px]

Show 5 records out of category id:56, exclude category id:23

[wk_posts cat=56,-23 posts_per_page=5]
for the widget:

Show entries with thumbnail

[wk_posts meta_key=_thumbnail_id show_thumbnail=60?60 /]
for the widget:
*none_thumbnai – plug, if the record does not have a thumbnail, then specify the id attachment

Custom Field Query

for the widget write all in one line:
or per line of name = value pairs:

Multiple Custom Field Handling

“taxonomy” => “category”,
“field” => “id”,
“terms” => array(16)
“taxonomy” => “post_tag”,
“field” => “slug”,
“terms” => array(“test_wk”)

for the widget write all in one line !newline is not allowed here:
tax_query=array( “relation”=>”AND”, array( “taxonomy” => “category”, “field” => “id”, “terms” => array(16) ), array( “taxonomy” => “post_tag”, “field” => “slug”, “terms” => array(“test_wk”) ) )

Show child pages to 567 pages

[wk_pages child_of=567]

Collapse and sorting pages

[wk_pages collapse=1 sort_column=menu_order sort_order=ASC]
for the widget:


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  • Fixed bug division by zero in the calculation of the font size.


WK_Pages added to work with hierarchical structures. Added ability to display thumbnails of records.