Difference between wp_list_categories and get_categories

The WordPress functions get_categories() and wp_list_categories() are almost the same. They are using almost the same parameters but there is a difference between them:

  • The get_categories() function returns an array of category objects matching the query parameters.
  • The wp_list_categories() displays a list of categories as links.

WordPress developer documention:

get_categories(): http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_categories

wp_list_categories(): http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/wp_list_categories


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