Read a couple of tutorials (here's one) but I don't understand why I can't make it work. I'm trying to create a page for custom taxonomy terms. Like mysite.com/tag/term or mysite.com/category/term but for my taxonomy.

This is what I've done so far:

  1. I registered the new taxonomy

    add_action( 'init', 'register_taxonomy_author' );
    function register_taxonomy_author() {
         register_taxonomy(  'author', 'post',   //Let WordPress know that the artist   taxonomy has posts
        'hierarchical' => false,
        'label' => 'Authors', // This tells WordPress how to label the various user interface outlets for the artist taxonomy
        'query_var' => true,
        'rewrite' => array( 'slug' => 'author', 'with_front' => false ))
  2. Added a new file called taxonomy-author.php and copied+pasted the codes from category.php into it.

Now, when I try to view the taxonomy terms (Admin Panel > Posts > Authors > View) I get directed to mysite.com/author/term, which is great. But that page uses index.php instead of taxonomy-author.php. What did I miss? Codex states that index.php should be at the bottom, yet it ignores both taxonomy-author.php and my archive.php.


1 Answer 1


Sorry I forgot you can do this. Anyway the problem was that author was a reserved name. I have no idea why it worked for s_ha_dum though, but changing the name would be the safest option.

  • "I forgot you can do this" - It's not that you can do this, but rather that you should do this. Stack Exchange sites are not support forums, but rather Question-and-Answer sites. Jan 11, 2014 at 18:56

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