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I have a question about how to echo a child taxonomy only.

My taxonomy is location.

I have a parent location and child locations like so:

London (parent)

  • West London (Child)

    • Chelsea (Grandchild)

I need to echo just the last term (in the case above, it's Chelsea).

At present the code I am using is:

$terms_as_text = get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'location', '', ', ', '' ) ; echo strip_tags($terms_as_text);

Unfortunately, this echo's both parens/superiors as well.

How would i display just the last child term?

Many Thanks in advance


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How does the return string look like? – Steven Apr 23 '12 at 10:42

Try something like this:

$terms_as_text = get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'location', '', ', ', '' ) ; 
$terms_arr = explode('some-delimiter',$terms_as_text);
echo end($terms_arr); 
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Hi Steven, Thanks for the response. Tried the above code, but unfortunately, this also shows all location taxonomies (parent, child, grandchild) etc.. and not the last term only. Any other ideas? thanks in advance. – PaulB Apr 23 '12 at 12:06
Remember to replace some-delimiter with your delimiter. That was why I was asking what the returned string looks like. Probably your delimiter is </a> – Steven Apr 23 '12 at 12:08
Hi Steven, by adding ', ' as the delimiter i can exclude the taxonomies : ) however I have noticed another problem : ( At present the taxonomies are being echoed in alphabetical order so it is impossible to display the last term only. Is there a way to use the above delimter but echo the taxonomies in reverse Hierarchical order? e.g grandchild, child, parent? Many Thanks – PaulB Apr 23 '12 at 12:41
I have to admit that taxonomies is not my strong side when it comes to WP. So all I can do is to point you to this page: codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies – Steven Apr 23 '12 at 13:06

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