I have created a custom taxonomy and registered it. I want the taxonomy maximum level should me 2. i.e. Parent => child => sub-child. How to set level??

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You can't set a level when you create the taxonomy.

The only way to enforce a level is by watching the term creation: Filter create_term; that's the earliest filter that allows us to change parent term ID. For no obvious reasons the filter pre_insert_term is lacking that information … it would probably too easy.

Then change the parent term ID if the current on is already a second level ID.

Sample code, not tested:

add_action( 'create_term', function( $term_id, $tt_id, $taxonomy ) {

    $term = get_term( $term_id );

    // Nothing to do.
    if ( empty( $term->parent ) )

    $parent = get_term( $term->parent, $taxonomy );

    // This is a second level term, that's okay.
    if ( empty( $parent->parent ) )

    wp_update_term( $term_id, $taxonomy, [ 'parent' => $parent->term_id ] );
}, 10, 3 );
  • It creates the term then checks the parent. This is not a solution. I want to check if the term which is going to create has hierarchical level 2? If yes then give error msg else create the term. Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 11:42
  • @Deepakmodi The parent ID is not available in an earlier action. So you can at best delete the term here.
    – fuxia
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 11:44
  • I don't know the solution yet.. But this method don't looks perfect as it allows to create the term. And then i have to delete that term. This is not effective way of doing. Better we have to not allow the term to create with pre_insert_term hook. But i don't know how to. Commented Jan 6, 2017 at 5:07

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