My theme has a custom taxonomy template ("taxonomy-authors.php") but WordPress only serves this template file when a term associated with this taxonomy is called. e.g. example.com/cpt/authors/john-doe

When loading example.com/cpt/authors/ it will return a 404. What I want it to do is to list all terms associated with the taxonomy "authors" when example.com/cpt/authors/ is requested.

Here's part of my taxonomy-authors.php file:

    if (have_posts()) :
        <h2>List of Authors</h2>

        $terms = get_terms('authors');

        foreach ($terms as $term) {
            echo $term->name;


Any pointers on how to fix this?

1 Answer 1


There's no such thing as a taxonomy archive. There is a taxonomy term archive, but no taxonomy archive.

E.g. this URL makes no sense in the current system:


But this does:

  • Ah. I see. There's no way example.com/category can be utilised at all? Commented Jul 20, 2013 at 4:08
  • Yes, you can put a page with a page template there, but there's no such thing as a 'term archive' out of the box unless you code one yourself.
    – Tom J Nowell
    Commented Jul 21, 2013 at 22:17

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