This may be a syntax problem but if so I can't see the problem.

I want to select specific terms of a custom taxonomy and display their names. I'm having a problem with the selection process in the following code.

$taxonomy = 'chapters';
echo("Test Term Display ");
    'include'=> array(74,76
$chaptertitles=get_terms( 'chapters', $args1 );
$count1 = count($chaptertitles);
 if ( $count1 > 0 ){
   echo "<ul>";
      foreach ( $chaptertitles as $chaptertitle ) {
   echo "<li> Chapter Title:" . $chaptertitle->name . "</li>";

 echo "</ul>";

This returns zero for $count1.

However, if I remove the arguements so that the default conditions apply then I get all the terms returned.

This suggests that my syntax is incorrect for $args1 but I can't see any errors.

I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to get this working.


  • is it possible that those terms are empty?
    – iEmanuele
    Sep 2, 2013 at 9:25
  • 1
    Thx. Yes that is the problem.
    – dorich
    Sep 3, 2013 at 6:09

2 Answers 2


This might help you to find your solution.

  1. print the result of get_terms without arguments

    $chaptertitles=get_terms( 'chapters');      
  2. Check in above result can you get the item id 74 & 76.

  3. I think you might not get the the item id 74 & 76 that's why you get the zero for $count1.

  4. Include the item which you may get in $chaptertitles.

  • Thx. As noted in my answer the solution is simply to turn off suppression of terms that don't have posts.
    – dorich
    Sep 2, 2013 at 15:34

The solution to the problem is that by default terms having no posts are not displayed. This can be changed by adding "hide_empty"=>0 to the parameter list.

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