I'm new to Wordpress and am coming from the point and click world of Joomla! what was easy there now involves some solid php knowledge to replicate in Wordpress ;)

I'm try to conditionally remove post-meta and comments from 3 categories using functions.php

I'm using Woothemes Canvas and my own child theme.

I can remove post-meta globally by using an empty function:

function woo_post_meta() {}

This works fine but I only want it to work for 3 categories

I know I need to somehow use is_category butI'm not sure of the syntax, I tried

if ( is_category(4,5,6) ) {
    function woo_post_meta() {}

but that doesn't work, i'm not sure how to correctly write a function within a function.

Then how do i also remove comments from those categories? or should I make custom content type to do all this?

  • do you have any apply_filters() in the original woo_post_meta() function? – birgire May 27 '13 at 10:23
  • Hi Birgie, I'm not sure where to find the original woo_post_meta() function, I looked in theme-functions.php but it isn't mentioned in there. I will keep searching though, thanks – morktron May 27 '13 at 23:17
  • maybe under /wp-content/themes/your-theme-name/includes/theme-functions.php ? – birgire May 28 '13 at 9:36
  • Thanks Birgie, yes there is a theme-functions.php file in there but within that I'm not sure what I'm looking for. This is much more tricky than I though so for the time being I will try and use a custom theme file instead – morktron May 29 '13 at 3:08

Here are some ideas:

a) Instead of


which checks if a category archive page is being displayed (see here), you can try



in_category( array(4,5,6) )

that checks if the current post is assigned to any of the specified categories (see here).

b) You could also try

function woo_post_meta() {
    if ( in_category(4,5,6) ) {
        return "";
     // the original woo_post_meta()  code here.

c) If the original woo_post_meta() contains an output filter, than we could add a custom filter with the above category check.

d) If you write your own child theme, you could replace the template tag:



  if ( !in_category(4,5,6) ) {
  • Excellent thanks Birgire, you have been an immense help!. I will play around with all of these solutions and bookmark this page as a resource for the future. Thanks again :) – morktron May 31 '13 at 1:17

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