NEW AND IMPROVED VERSION AVAILABLE!!? You asked and I listened.? I have developed a new version of the “folding categories” variety and released it as The JavaScript Animated Collapsing Categories Widget.? This one bares no resemblance whatsoever to this older version, which is based on borrowed code.? The new versions is JavaScript-animated (duh), all original code and loaded to the gills with new options you asked for like choosing the sorting and style settings.? Bon apetit!

UPDATED! Per user request, this download is now available in both RAR and ZIP versions.

IMPORTANT!! Many users/potential users have written on this entry to say that they’ve installed both plugins and the code is not working for them. The simplest and most likely answer to this is you do not have parent/child categories, upon which this plugin relies. If you are unfamiliar with what a parent/child relationship between categories is, or not sure how to get your categories like this, please see the WordPress online documentation on the subject!

Also important: Many have asked if this plugin requires the page to be refreshed/reloaded, and yes it does. This is not an AJAX/JavaScript plugin, simply an adaptation of someone elses folding categories code that allows it to be a widget, nothing more. I am hoping to maybe develop another plugin in the future which *is* AJAX, but this one isn’t it!


I’m sure somewhere along the line someone has already done this. If so, I cannot find them in a Google search, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my first Widget.

This is based on the code found at WebSpaceWorks.com that creates a collapsible Categories list, and is merely modified from that to work with Widget-ized sidebars. To install:

  1. Download the Widget (RAR, ZIP)
  2. Extract both files and upload to your wp-content/plugins folder
  3. Activate the Folding Categories List plugin
  4. Activate the Folding Categories List Widget
  5. Go to the Sidebar Widgets Configuration page to set the options you like

That’s it! Nothing more to do except sit back and enjoy a slightly more compact Categories list. I hope that people find this plugin useful. Be sure to thank the guys at WSW for the original code!