<?php echo get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'people', 'People: ', ' ', '' ); ?> 

returns something like this:

People: <a href="person1">Person1</a>, <a href="person2">Person2</a>, ...

How can I make it return the same thing without links like this:

People: Person1, Person2

4 Answers 4


It may be easier to just write the list manually, something like:

$terms = wp_get_post_tags( $post->ID );
//For custom taxonomy use this line below
//$terms = wp_get_object_terms( $post->ID, 'people' );

foreach( $terms as $term )
    $term_names[] = $term->name;

echo implode( ', ', $term_names );
  • How would this work for a custom taxonomy? I tried: $terms = get_the_term_list( $post->ID,'people'); but that gave me an error
    – Carson
    Commented Apr 19, 2011 at 5:22
  • @Carson you are using the wrong function there, you want wp_get_object_terms() so it would be: $terms = wp_get_object_terms( $post->ID, 'people' );
    – Joe Hoyle
    Commented May 30, 2011 at 23:23

Alternatively you can also use

echo strip_tags (
    get_the_term_list( get_the_ID(), 'tax_name', "Text Before Value ",", " )

I found another method that more directly answers my question:

<?php $terms_as_text = get_the_term_list( $post->ID,'people', 'People: ', ', ');
if (!empty($terms_as_text)) echo '<p>', strip_tags($terms_as_text) ,'</p>'; ?>

Credit: CSS Tricks


Using strip_tags() Can get complicated if you want to show your terms as an HTML list. Here, there's something for you. $raw set to true (or anything that's not empty) will just create an inline list with the $separator of your choice, if not, it will generate an HTML list without links. If you want your list to have a styled title, set the $titletag to, say H1 or H2. If you don't want a title, just leave $title empty.

function show_tax($taxname, $title, $title_tag, $raw, $separator){
    $terms = get_the_terms($post->ID, $taxname);
    $out = '';
    if (!empty($title)){
            $title_tag = 'span';
            $out .= '<'.$title_tag.'>'.$title.'</'.$title_tag.'>';
    if (!empty($raw)){
                $out = implode($separator, $terms);

            $out .= '<ul>';
                foreach ( $terms as $term ){
                            $out .='<li>'.$term->name.'</li> ';
                $out .= '</ul>';

            return $out;

Example of use:

echo show_tax('people', 'PEOPLE', 'h3', '', ''); // An html list with PEOPLE as title
echo show_tax('people', 'PEOPLE:', '', true, ','); // An inline list with PEOPLE: as before text
  • updated code. implode didn't work cause it is an array of post objects
    – MikeiLL
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 15:25

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