I can't figure out or find an answer on how to enable the description in the custom taxonomy category pages. Under description field it says: "The description is not prominent by default; however, some themes may show it.".

I've managed to enable it to normal category pages by adding this code to archive.php

<?php echo category_description(); ?>

But it's still disabled on taxonomy pages.

Any help will be appreciated.

Problem solved

I find out that my theme has taxonomy.php where this code

<?php echo term_description(); ?>

needs to be added to make the description visible on custom taxonomy page.

Thanks to @PieterGoosen for helping me out.


To display the description from a taxonomy term, you can use echo term_description( $term_id, $taxonomy ); where $term_id is the term ID of the current term and $taxonomy is the taxonomy the term belongs to.

For general use on your taxonomy page, you can just use echo term_description();

  • Thanks. Now I have these two lines added to my theme archive.php <?php echo term_description(); ?> <?php echo category_description(); ?> but it still only works on regular category pages, but not on custom taxonomy page... – Mantas Sep 9 '14 at 21:39
  • Works for me, are you sure your term has a description, are you sure your custom taxonomy uses archive.php. Are you even talking about terms here? – Pieter Goosen Sep 10 '14 at 5:10
  • you are right, my taxonomy isn't using archive.php. It uses taxonomy.php. Thanks! – Mantas Sep 10 '14 at 8:56

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