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I've searched far and wide to try and find an answer to my question. I'm hoping I can get help here. Here goes...

I'm currently retrieving the terms of my custom taxonomy using:

<?php echo get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'skills', '<ul><li>', '</li><li>', '</li></ul>' ); ?>

What I'm trying to do is retrieve these same post-specific custom taxonomy terms in a list without them being output as links. I've tried all of the following "solutions," but none of them work. Any help would be appreciated.

Returns the post-specific terms in one long string that can't be put in a list:

$terms_as_text = get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'skills', '<ul><li>', '</li><li>', '</li></ul>' ) ;
echo strip_tags($terms_as_text);

Returns a list of all the terms used across all the custom post types:

<?php $args = array( 'taxonomy' => 'skills', 'orderby' => 'ID', 'order' => 'ASC' );
$categories = get_categories( $args );
foreach($categories as $category) { echo '<li> '. $category->name . '</li>'; } 

Returns nothing:

<?php $args = array('orderby' => 'name', 'order' => 'ASC', 'fields' => 'all');
wp_get_object_terms( $post->ID, $skills, $args );

I've even tried get_the_terms, get_terms, and get_categories to no avail.

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Here is solution to get an array of custom taxonomies using wp_list_categories and walker -> Generate array of custom taxonomies using wp_list_categories in WordPress – Tirumal Rao Mar 15 '13 at 6:49
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Can try this:

$terms = get_the_terms ($post->id, 'skills');
if ( !is_wp_error($terms)) : ?>

    $skills_links = wp_list_pluck($terms, 'name'); 

    $skills_yo = implode(", ", $skills_links);

    <span><?php echo $skills_yo; ?></span>
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I updated the example on the get_the_terms page. Not sure what that unset is suppose to do for starters... – t31os Jul 21 '11 at 9:59
Ya neither did I but was a lazy copy/paste – Wyck Jul 21 '11 at 14:54
Thanks both @t31os and Wyck for the help. Here's the code I ended up using which was based on here and the codex. '<?php $terms = get_the_terms( $post->id, 'skills' ); if ( !is_wp_error($terms)) : $skills_links = array(); foreach ($terms as $term) { $skills_links[] = $term->name; $skills = join( "</li><li>", $skills_links ); ?> <ul><li><?php echo $skills; ?></li></ul> <?php endif ?>' – Certified K Jul 22 '11 at 16:53
Sorry about the bad post. I can't figure out how to format so it so it's more readable. – Certified K Jul 22 '11 at 16:55
i love this answer - clean, usefull code. – Sagive SEO Jan 8 '15 at 13:30
$terms = wp_get_post_terms($post->ID, 'TAXONOMYNAME');
$count = count($terms);
if ( $count > 0 ) {
    foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
        echo $term->name . ", ";
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If you just want the terms assigned to a specific post:

<?php $object_terms = wp_get_object_terms( $post_id, 'skills', array( 'fields' => 'names' ) );
if ( $object_terms ) { ?><ul><li><?php echo implode( '</li><li>', $object_terms ); ?></li></ul><?php } ?>

If you want ALL of the terms:

<?php $all_terms = get_terms( 'skills', array( 'fields' => 'names' ) );
if ( $all_terms ) { ?><ul><li><?php echo implode( '</li><li>', $all_terms ); ?></li></ul><?php } ?>
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I ran into a similar problem yesterday, and came up with the follow solution:

function taxonomy_list( $taxonomy ) {
    $args = array('order'=>'ASC','hide_empty'=>false);
    $terms = get_terms( $taxonomy, $args );
    if ( $terms ) {
        printf( '<ul name="%s">', esc_attr( $taxonomy ) );
        foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
            printf( '<li>%s</li>', esc_html( $term->name ) );
        print( '</ul>' );

Then, just paste <?php taxonomy_list( 'TAXONOMY ID' ); ?> in your template file, replacing TAXONOMY ID with whatever the name of the taxonomy is.

My original usage was to create a list of the job categories I have on my job board. Each one then linked to the taxonomy's archive. You can see the full function in my answer on my own Stackoverflow question.

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function term_clean($postid, $term)
    $terms = get_the_terms($postid, $term); 
    foreach ($terms as $term) {  echo $term->name;   };

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// to display taxonomy terms without links: separated with commas
// copy this code in your function.php

function get_taxonony_toDisplay($post_id, $taxonomy_name) {
$terms = wp_get_post_terms($post_id, $taxonomy_name);
$count = count($terms);
if ( $count > 0 ) {
    foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
        echo $term->name . ", ";

Since I had to display 3 taxonomies separated with commas, so I made a function using Henry's code.

To display use the following line:

<?php get_taxonony_toDisplay($post->ID, 'your_taxonomy_name' ); ?> 
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Just use strip_tags

<?php echo strip_tags(get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'CUSTOM-TAXONOMY', ' ',', ')); ?>
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