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Any ideas on why when I put a list of category links in a dropdown list using <select><option> tags the links are going to the wrong url?

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Any ideas on why when I put a list of category links in a dropdown list using <select><option> tags the links are going to the wrong url?

Desktop version is providing the correct url for example: http://test.local/test/category/featured/ but the mobile version is not providing the correct url: http://test.local/test/featured/ it’s dropping the /category/

Here is my desktop version of code:

<div class="category-filter full">
        <span class="filter-text"><i class="far fa-filter"></i> <?php esc_html_e( 'Filter by:', 'test-wp' ); ?></span>
        <ul class="category-list">
            // only display "Featured" if a Featured post is present in the blog
                $query = new WP_Query(array(
                    'post_type' => 'post',
                    'field' => 'slug',
                    'category_name' => 'featured',
                    'ignore_sticky_posts'    => 1,
                if( $query->have_posts() ){
                    echo '<li><a href="'. get_site_url() .'/category/featured/">Featured</a></li>';
            wp_reset_postdata(); // Restore original Post Data
                foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
                    printf( '<li><a href="%1$s">%2$s</a></li>',
                        esc_url( get_category_link( $term->term_id ) ),
                        esc_html( $term->name )

And here is my mobile version of code:

<div class="category-filter mobile">
        <select id="custom-select" onchange="location = this.value;" style="outline:none;border:1px solid #777;font-size:20px;height:30px;color:#777;">
                foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
                    printf( '<option><a href="%1$s">%2$s</a></option>',
                        esc_url( get_category_link( $term->term_id ) ),
                        esc_html( $term->name )

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Any ideas on why when I put a list of category links in a dropdown list using <select><option> tags the links are going to the wrong url?

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