I'm using the following code to show the subcategories of a category within my archive.php page:

<?php if (is_category()) {
  $this_category = get_category($cat);
  if (get_category_children($this_category->cat_ID) != "") {
    echo "<div id='catlist'><ul>";
    echo "</ul></div>";

The code above returns the name of the category as a link, with the category description as the link title.

Can anyone show my how to show the category description within paragraph tags after the category link?


1 Answer 1


wp_list_categories formats the results, instead you want to try get_categories and create your own loop to format the results.

I do not know exactly how you want it formated, but this gives you the general idea.

if (is_category()) {
    $this_category = get_category($cat);
    if (get_category_children($this_category->cat_ID) != "") {
        echo '<div id="catlist"><ul>';
        $childcategories = get_categories(array(
            'orderyby' => 'name',
            'hide_empty' => false,
            'child_of' => $this_category->cat_ID
        foreach($childcategories as $category) {
            echo '<a href="' . get_category_link( $category->term_id ) . '" title="' . sprintf( __( "View all posts in %s" ), $category->name ) . '" ' . '>' . $category->name.'</a>';
            echo '<p>'.$category->description.'</p>';
        echo '</ul></div>';

For more examples and information visit, get_categories


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