I have a category called News and a custom Taxonomy called Filters which is a hierarchical Taxonomy.

When a user creates a Post, they select a subcategory under news and a sub-filter under the Filter Taxonomy.

Now I am trying to list all the 'Sub-Categories' and 'Filters' when a user navigates to /news.

Listing the Sub-Categories for the 'News' category was easy. But I can't seem to figure out a way to list all the 'Sub-Filters' for the Taxonomy 'Filters' limited to only the category 'News'.

Here is the code I used for getting a list of sub-categories for the category news:

function get_child_categories()
    if (is_category()) {
        $thiscat = get_category(get_query_var('cat'));
        $catid = $thiscat->cat_ID;
        $args = array('parent' => $catid);
        $categories = get_categories($args);

        return $categories;

    return false;

I was hoping for a similar function which will list all terms for taxonomy 'Filters' but only limited to the category 'News'. Here is a screenshot of what I am trying to achieve:

In the screenshot below '/news' is related to the 'News' category in the admin area. So if a user goes to /news, the front end should list all the posts for the 'News' Category.

The page should also list all the sub-categories under the Category 'News'. This is done as you can see from the horizontal list of Sub Categories.

Now the user can also select a Filter as can be seen in the admin UI. What I am trying to achieve is to list all the Filters for any post that may be categorized under 'News' and display in the horizontal list where under 'Filters'. This will then be used to filter the posts when the user clicks for example 'World News' to list only the posts that have the Filter 'World News' checked.

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Current Category/Taxonomy in the Admin Area when editing the post

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    Could you please share the screenshot from admin area to show how you are relating categories and taxonomies? Apr 20, 2017 at 11:41
  • @VinodDalvi Just added the admin area on how it looks with the Categories and Taxonomy Apr 20, 2017 at 11:50
  • Ok Thank you but still i am not getting what you meant by "I was hoping for a similar function which will list all terms for taxonomy 'Filters' but only limited to the category 'News'." so could you please describe it a bit more in detail? Apr 20, 2017 at 11:52
  • @VinodDalvi I have added further detail which will hopefully clarify what I am trying to achieve. Apr 20, 2017 at 13:10
  • I understood your requirement now and provided the solution. Apr 21, 2017 at 7:57

2 Answers 2


The following code will do it. Please change the 'filter' text in the below code to whatever filters taxonomy name you have set.

if(is_category() ){

    $thiscat = get_queried_object_id(); 
    $filter_tax = array();
    $args = array( 'category' => $thiscat );
    $lastposts = get_posts( $args );

    foreach ( $lastposts as $post ){
        setup_postdata( $post );
        $terms = get_the_terms( $post->ID, 'filter' ); // Change the taxonomy name here

        if ( $terms && ! is_wp_error( $terms ) ){

         foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
            $filter_tax[] = $term;


    if( !empty($filter_tax) ){
    } else {
        echo 'No filter set.';


I'm not sure that I've understand what you are asking for but i hope this can help you out-

Getting all sub-categories of current category

$args = array('parent' => 17); // Or get queried object for ID
$categories = get_categories( $args );

Getting all sub-categories from all levels

$args = array('child_of' => 17); // Or get queried object for ID
$categories = get_categories( $args );

Getting all categories under custom taxonomy

$terms = get_terms(array(
    'taxonomy' => 'post_tag',
    'hide_empty' => false,
  • I have added further info to clarify what I am trying to achieve. In your answer, I am trying to get the terms for taxonomy 'filters' but only for the current category. So essentially, I would replace the 'post_tag' with 'filters' but I also need to further limit the terms by the current category (in the example above, it would be a category called 'news') Apr 20, 2017 at 13:15

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