I am trying to have some information specific to a taxonomy term appear above that taxonomy's archive list.

Example: Taxonomy is 'Sports', with football, soccer, and baseball being terms within the 'Sports' taxonomy. I would like to have a small description of each sport display above that term's archive page.

In researching this possibility, I have read the Category Templates page, found a plugin that appears to do what I want, but only with regard to Categories and not custom taxonomies.

I would do it with Categories, but I have multiple taxonomies now and cannot use the simple categories solution any longer :(

Am I being dense, or are custom taxonomy templates not possible?

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Custom Taxonomy templates are entirely possible, the order of the template loading is,

  1. taxonomy-{sometax}-{someterm}.php - If the taxonomy were sometax, and taxonomy's slug were someterm
  2. taxonomy-{sometax}.php - If the taxonomy were sometax.
  3. taxonomy.php
  4. archive.php
  5. index.php

This template hierarchy give you tons of control on how you want to alter the display of taxonomies as a whole, as a group or alone. http://codex.wordpress.org/Template_Hierarchy

For example in your case you can create a template called taxonomy-sports.php and then customize it however you want using conditionals, template tags and functions.

  • That worked perfectly, Thank you! (edit: for the record, it was necessary to use the taxonomy-sports-soccer.php style of naming)
    – Stephen S.
    Aug 12, 2011 at 20:58

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