Customizer Select List Control in WordPress: Dropdown

If you are developing a WordPress theme, you will be dealing with the WordPress customizer. Customize WordPress theme is one of the options you can customize your theme based on your needs. To add customizer select list control, you can use the below code.

The Select List Control is a powerful tool for managing the content of a website. It can be used to create a list of categories, tags, or any other type of information that needs to be organized. It can also be used to create a list of options that a user can select from, such as a list of countries or states.

In this post, we will give you a custom control that makes it possible to add a select control to your theme customizer settings.

WordPress 3.4 introduced the Theme Customizer feature which allows site admins to tweak a theme’s settings and live preview those changes in real time.

The “control” can be loosely defined as “a reusable UI component” that can either be simple or more complex. WordPress itself provides some customizer controls that can be useful to develop a customizer with less effort.

The Select List Control also allows for customizations such as setting the size of the list, the font size, and the color of the text. It is also possible to add a description to each option so that the user can understand the purpose of the selection.

WordPress already provides a ‘select‘ control that displays a dropdown, and all you need to use is an associative array of key-value pairs.

if (!function_exists('hs_customizer_register')) {
    function hs_zolog_footer_customizer_register($wp_customize)
        $wp_customize->add_setting('hs_list', array(
            'capability' => 'edit_theme_options',
            'sanitize_callback' => 'hs_sanitize_select',
            'default' => '1',

        $wp_customize->add_control('hs_list', array(
            'type' => 'select',
            'section' => 'hs_section',
            'label' => esc_html__('Columns Count','text-domain'),
            'description' => esc_html__('Select columns count.','text-domain'),
            'settings' => 'hs_list',
            'choices' => array(
                '1' => esc_html__('1','text-domain'),
                '2' => esc_html__('2','text-domain'),
                '3' => esc_html__('3','text-domain'),

    add_action('customize_register', 'hs_customizer_register');

if (!function_exists('hs_sanitize_select')) {
    function hs_sanitize_select($input, $setting)
        $input = sanitize_key($input);
        $choices = $setting->manager->get_control($setting->id)->choices;
        return (array_key_exists($input, $choices) ? $input : $setting->default);

In the code above, we create a setting and control to display the customizer select list control. The important part is the sanitize_callback function. With this call back we tell WordPress that sanitize the selected field by hs_sanitize_select which is our own custom sanitizer.

In hs_sanitize_select we took care of sanitization by our own function.