I've created a custom taxonomy and I'm trying to get Wordpress to display the taxonomy template when no term is defined. Currently Wordpress is only showing the template when a term is defined on the URL.

My taxonomy is called projects and defined like this:

$args = array(
    'labels' => array(
        'name' => "Categories",
        'singular_name' => "Category",
        'search_items' => "Search Categories",
        'popular_items' => "Popular Categories",
        'all_items' => "All Categories",
        'parent_item' => "Parent Category",
        'parent_item_colon' => "Parent Category:",
        'edit_item' => "Edit Category",
        'update_item' => "Update Category",
        'add_new_item' => "Add New Category",
        'new_item_name' => "New Category Name",
    'hierarchical' => TRUE,
    'label' => 'Categories',
    'query_var' => TRUE,
    'rewrite' => array(
            'slug' => 'projects'

register_taxonomy('projects', 'project', $args);

Next to this I have created a template file called taxonomy-projects.php.

Currently when I browse to the http://mysite.com/projects URL, Wordpress falls back to the index.php. How can I make it so that when no term is defined, Wordpress shows my taxonomy-projects.php template?


I should have added this straight away, I'm clearing my rewrite rules each time I make a change to try again.

2 Answers 2


I had a similar issue. I ended up using the archives.php and had a little more luck with that. It would see and use the archives.php (and the archives-video.php I created from it), but would not see taxonomy.php or taxonomy-videos.php or category.php like it should.


Have you tried flushing your rewrite rules?

If not, go to Dashboard -> Settings -> Permalinks, and click "save" (no need to make any changes), to force WordPress to flush the rewrite rules.

  • Sorry. Yes. I know about resetting the rewrite rules. I do this every time I make a change. No luck.
    – Luke
    Jul 17, 2011 at 2:35

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