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User friendly Multiple Select Field with Toolset Forms & Select2.js

Last Update: 10. 11. 2019 , Category:

Using the standard multiple select field is bad. Bad for UX. Why should I hold down the CTRL when I need select more than one value? Let’s make your multiple select fields user friendly with Select2.js.

The difference

Standard Toolset ’ s Bootstrap multi select field use mouse drag & CTRL or SHIFT for multiselect.

Bootstrap 3 basic multi select field

Select2.js multi select field use only mouse click for select multiple options.

Select2.js user friendly multi select field

Try it out!

The method

“Install” Select2.js to WordPress

  1. Download and move Select2 dist files to your Theme folder on FTP (I am using /public_html/wp-content/themes/my-child-theme/js)
    • You can also embed the scripts from CDN. I am using FTP because it is fastest for me.
  2. Register and Enqueue scripts and CSS styles in functions.php
function enqueue_select2_jquery() {
    wp_register_style( 'select2css', '/wp-content/themes/my-child-theme/js/select2.min.css', false, '1.0', 'all' );
    wp_register_script( 'select2', '/wp-content/themes/my-child-theme/js/select2.min.js', array( 'jquery' ), '1.0', true );
    wp_enqueue_style( 'select2css' );
    wp_enqueue_script( 'select2' );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'enqueue_select2_jquery' );

Add Select2 Javascript to your Toolset Form

  1. Go to Toolset’s form wich contain’s multiple select form you want to use with Select2.js
    for example: [cred_field field=’field-name’ force_type=’taxonomy’ output=’bootstrap’ display=’select’]
  2. Add JS to JS editor: (.select is CSS class of multiple select field. If you want, use your own).
jQuery( document ).ready(function() {

Refresh the page where selector is used. Your selector looks nice and UX is much better for user.

If you want customize your Select2.js – go to Select2 documentation. There is lot of options for customization.

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