Display List of Authors in a Dropdown Menu Using wp_dropdown_users

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Are you looking for a way to display blog authors in a dropdown menu? Listing authors will help users find author specific posts. We have created a quick code snippet that you can use to display list of authors in a dropdown menu using wp_dropdown_users in WordPress.


All you have to do is add this code to a theme’s file or in a site-specific plugin:

<li id="users">
 <h2><?php _e('users:'); ?></h2>
   <form action="<?php bloginfo('url'); ?>" method="get">
     $args = array(
   	 'exclude'                 => '1',
   	 'name'                    => 'authors',
   	 'who'                     => 'authors'
   <input type="submit" name="submit" value="view" />

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. it should actually be 'name' => 'author', (without the “s”) otherwise you will not end up on the authors profile page

  2. I have a Query. I need a dropdown list which should display users except the admin and the current user id who is logged in. How to accomplish this scenario?

  3. Hi there– this is great, two questions: 1. Where do I add this in my theme template? 2. How do I have it include only users with the role of “contributor”? Thanks!

  4. Kevin — maybe you can help. I’ve been searching for a couple days. I am after code to make a drop down list of POSTS. The Codex covers everything but that, which seems a strange oversight.

    I’ve found two sources, mainly the Dagon code which works but is too complex for my weak PHP skills to style (width and background color for example).

    I know that some javascript is needed to make the code dynamic, but it can’t be that complex. So, what is the magic bullet to turn a list of … anything into a drop down format? The Codex addresses pages, archives, tags, and about anything for drop downs except posts.

    Any guidance is appreciated

    1. Hi Mike,
      Well this should solve your problem, http://pastebin.com/uAiujNYL
      If I could specify post_type within wp_dropdown_pages that would solve things but does not appear to work. However the code I put online at pastebin should work fine for you and nice and sample. Place that code in any location within your wordpress theme.

      1. Kevin, thank you!!! Works like a charm. NOW :), and I don’t mean to try your patience and time, but can you also tell how to add a line of javascript to make each drop down link clickable. I do have code from a site that has a permalink with a click but the problem is that there’s no –Select an item– as the first entry, the null value, so that this first item can never be used.  Need like (in the your drop down box):
        — Select an item —
        clickable item A
        clickable item B

        Javascript is something I don’t enjoy LOL It is in no way intuitive. Anyway, this last piece will complete the puzzle. Again, I’ve played with the Dagon script but it’s too complex to alter.


        1. Hi Mike ill post this as a snippet this week.

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