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I need some help. I would like to make a custom taxonomy archive that shows a grid of the terms(categories) in the taxonomy. I know how to accomplish the grid portion, but I'm having trouble with the main function of displaying the terms. I feel like I've seen this done so many times, but not that I'm trying to accomplish it, I can't.

As an example, this page shows how I want the taxonomies to look - including title, featured image, post count of terms, etc.

Right now I can't even get the terms to show up as links to the posts within the term. And if I can accomplish that, how do I go about styling the pieces?

I would appreciate some guidance with this.

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To retrieve all the terms in a taxonomy, you can make use of get_terms

Here is an example from that page to retrieve the term names of a custom taxonomy

$terms = get_terms('my_taxonomy', 'hide_empty=0');
 if ( !empty( $terms ) && !is_wp_error( $terms ) ){
     echo "<ul>";
     foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
       echo "<li>" . $term->name . "</li>";

     }
     echo "</ul>";
 }

Here is a list of what is returned by get_terms that you can work with

  • term_id
  • name
  • slug
  • term_group
  • term_taxonomy_id
  • taxonomy
  • description
  • parent
  • count

You have to play around with what you exactly need. The only thing is, the link to the terms is not returned, so you'll need to work with get_term_link to get the link.

Here is an example from that page

$terms = get_terms( 'species', 'hide_empty=0' );

echo '<ul>';

foreach ( $terms as $term ) {

    // The $term is an object, so we don't need to specify the $taxonomy.
    $term_link = get_term_link( $term );

    // If there was an error, continue to the next term.
    if ( is_wp_error( $term_link ) ) {
        continue;
    }

    // We successfully got a link. Print it out.
    echo '<li><a href="' . esc_url( $term_link ) . '">' . $term->name . '</a></li>';
}

echo '</ul>';

This should kick-start you in achieving your goal

As for styling, this is something that you have to sort out by yourself as this doesn't fall into scope of this site.

  • Thank You Pieter! This helps alot. :) :) Great tutorial. Now I just need to apply styles to specific posts. I found another tutorial that is close, but I'll have to figure how to apply it to taxonomies and not posts :\ – streetfire Jul 19 '14 at 13:17
  • Hi, one more thing. The list only shows the tax terms with posts in them. Is there a way I can also display the empty terms? – streetfire Jul 19 '14 at 18:17
  • check update. added extra code – Pieter Goosen Jul 19 '14 at 18:28
  • Hi, that doesn't seem to be working for me. – streetfire Jul 19 '14 at 18:55
  • Should work. Check the codex examples as well. Also, "not working" is broad. What do you mean by not working – Pieter Goosen Jul 19 '14 at 19:07
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Update... I have gotten the following to work well :)

    <?php

$terms = get_terms( 'industrygroups' );

echo '<div class="row">';

foreach ( $terms as $term ) {

    // The $term is an object, so we don't need to specify the $taxonomy.
    $term_link = get_term_link( $term );

    // If there was an error, continue to the next term.
    if ( is_wp_error( $term_link ) ) {
        continue;
    }

    // We successfully got a link. Print it out.
    echo '<div class="col-lg-3"><a href="' . esc_url( $term_link ) . '">' . $term->name . '</a></div>';
}

echo '</div>';

?>

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