I have tested several plugins and none is perfect solution. I would like to have simple solution so user can select the color for the Category name which will be the actual color of the text/link like in the example bellow. Have been playing around with this and can't find a proper way to include this into my own theme. Any help greatly appreciated.

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To achieve this Follow these easy step:

  1. Add field for color To Add/Edit category Screen using hooks category_add_form_fields and category_edit_form_fields

    add_action('category_add_form_fields', 'my_category_fields', 10, 2);
    add_action('category_edit_form_fields', 'my_category_fields', 10, 2);
    function my_category_fields($term) {
            $cat_color = get_term_meta($term->term_id, 'cat_color', true);
            if($cat_color == '') $cat_color = '#000000'; // Default black color
    <tr class="form-field">
            <th valign="top" scope="row"><label for="cat_color"><?php _e('Color code'); ?></label></th>
                <input type="color" size="40" value="<?php echo esc_attr($cat_color); ?>" id="cat_color" name="cat_color"><br/>
                <span class="description"><?php _e('Please select a color'); ?></span>
  2. Save field for color submitted from Add/Edit category Screen using hooks edited_category and create_category

    add_action('edited_category', 'save_my_category_fields', 10, 2);
    add_action('create_category', 'save_my_category_fields', 10, 2);
    function save_my_category_fields($term_id) {
       if (!isset($_POST['cat_color'])) {
    update_term_meta($term_id, 'cat_color', sanitize_text_field($_POST['cat_color']));
  3. Finally use the saved color by using get_term_meta()

    get_term_meta($term_id, 'cat_color', true);   // Replace $term_id with your own

For example,

$categories = wp_get_post_categories( $post_id );
foreach($categories as $category) { 
    $color = get_term_meta($category->term_id, 'cat_color', true);
       <span class="label" style="background: <?php echo $color ; ?>">
          <a href="<?php echo get_category_link( $category->term_id ); ?>" >
             <?php echo $category->name ; ?>

I hope this will help you!

  • I am sorry for getting back so late. I just had time to test today. I have hard time replicating this. Maybe due my newbie Wordpress knowledge. I am receiving error: Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'my_category_field' not found or invalid function name in wp-includes\class-wp-hook.php on line 286 Mar 4, 2019 at 15:48
  • Sorry for typo in first block of code in my answer : add_action('category_add_form_fields', 'my_category_field', 10, 2); add_action('category_edit_form_fields', 'my_category_field', 10, 2); should be add_action('category_add_form_fields', 'my_category_fields', 10, 2); add_action('category_edit_form_fields', my_category_fields', 10, 2); I have updated the answer. i hope this will work now without fail. Mar 4, 2019 at 15:59
  • UPDATE: Corrected some more errors in first block of code. Now it works on my setup without fail. Mar 4, 2019 at 18:09
  • @KostaKostic imgur.com/a/YxpZmM4 Mar 4, 2019 at 18:21
  • For color picker see themehybrid.com/weblog/introduction-to-wordpress-term-meta Mar 4, 2019 at 20:42

Maybe this is too simple for your problem, but you could have a custom field that allows the user to type in the hex or rgba color code. Just output this inline with the element.

Heres an example using ACF plugin.

<span class="label" style="background: <?php the_field('color'); ?>"> </span>

Third party ACF plugins also support a color picker, for a better user experience.

  • Thanks for your input. This should be done without plugins. Mar 5, 2019 at 19:18

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