i create category have name Brand with this code. i have total 3 categories and each have 3 subcategories.

how to output 3 category and 3 subcategories for each category?

function.php code

function insert_category() {
if(!term_exists('brand')) {
          'description' => 'sample category.',
          'slug'        => 'brand'
add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'insert_category' );

If your question if like this:

Category A
- sub-category 1
- sub-category 2
- sub-category 3

Then you would create the following in your theme's functions.php:

//create the main category

// the name of the category
'Category A', 

// the taxonomy, which in this case if category (don't change)


// what to use in the url for term archive
'slug' => 'category-a',  

Then for each sub-category:


// the name of the sub-category
'Sub-category 1', 

// the taxonomy 'category' (don't change)

// what to use in the url for term archive
'slug' => 'sub-cat-1', 

// link with main category. In the case, become a child of the "Category A" parent  
'parent'=> term_exists( 'Category A', 'category' )['term_id']


Hope this helps.

  • parse error, expecting at last line of subcategory, ' 'parent'=> term_exists( 'Category A', 'category' )['term_id'] ' – FRQ6692 Jul 28 '16 at 22:46
  • second code not working properly can you edit it plz.. – FRQ6692 Jul 28 '16 at 22:53
  • Make sure it's by itself, not in a function. – Gregory Schultz Jul 28 '16 at 23:51
  • @ Gregory Schultz ,, i add complete code here – FRQ6692 Jul 28 '16 at 23:59
  • Don't surround it with a function and action. – Gregory Schultz Jul 29 '16 at 0:16

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