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  • Resolved meetar


    I have my categories in my sidebar sorted by “count”, in descending order. However, the count for categories with sub-categories doesn’t include the counts of each sub-category. Can this be changed?
    For instance:

    Cat1: 6 posts
    Cat2: 3 posts
    – Cat2A: 20 posts
    – Cat2B: 7 posts

    … It seems like Cat2 should count as having 30 posts, and be sorted above Cat1… but it ain’t. Is this possible?

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  • esmi


    Forum Moderator

    Each category is counted independently which is why you’re seeing the display as it is. Unfortunately, there’s no way to change this behaviour using wp_list_categories.

    Might look at the pad_counts argument with Function_Reference/get_categories.



    Forum Moderator

    Ooo – I’d not noticed that parameter before…

    Thanks for the tip! That would likely do it, with some work.

    I think for my purposes it’ll be simpler to use the dashboard’s Bulk Actions to filter for a subcategory and make all of its members also belong to the supercategory.


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