Not sure if this is the best approach - so happy to change - but I've set up a number of categories with child categories. Then on my landing page I list the parent categories - I'm using ACF to select the taxonomies I want -


        <?php foreach( $terms as $term ): ?>

        <h2><?php echo $term->name; ?></h2>
        <p><?php echo $term->description; ?></p>

        <a href="<?php echo get_term_link( $term ); ?>">View all '<?php echo $term->name; ?>' posts</a>

        <?php endforeach; ?>


        <?php endif; ?>

Each link above takes me to categories.php where I list the child categories:


                $term = get_queried_object();

                $children = get_terms( $term->taxonomy, array(
                    'parent'    => $term->term_id,
                    'hide_empty' => false
                ) );

                if ( $children ) { 

                foreach( $children as $subcat )

                echo '<li><a href="' . esc_url(get_term_link($subcat, $subcat->taxonomy)) . '">' . $subcat->name . '</a></li>';



Problem is the link attached to the child categories stays on the category.php page and not the child category post.

How do I direct the child category link to the actual post?

Heres how I though it should flow:

  1. Landing page (containing list of parent categories)
  2. Category.php (containing child categories)
  3. Child post

2 Answers 2


OK solved!

I have a post called "Cardio" with a child category name "Cardio".

I created a category-cardio.php (cardio is the child category) but the page doesn't display the post "cardio" same name as the category.

 * Cardio category template
 * @package clf


    <div id="primary" class="content-area">
        <main id="main" class="site-main">


    <?php $args = array(
        'categroy_name' => 'cardio',    
    ) ?>

    <?php $the_query = new WP_Query( $args ); ?>

    <?php if ($the_query->have_posts()) : ?>

    <?php while ($the_query->have_posts()) : $the_query->the_post();

                echo the_content();



        </main><!-- #main -->
    </div><!-- #primary -->


It's normal behaviour. ctaegory.php is the template meant to display posts of a category (parent as well as child-categories), but you are using it to display child-categories only. Posts are not shown because there is no code to display posts.

You can get a list of posts by appending a WP loop to the category.php file.

// After your current code for displaying child categories
// Main loop
if( have_posts() ){
    while ( have_posts() ){
      //    Display post title, contents etc here


I hope this helps.

  • I've tried that and don't work. I've used category-slug approach and I can get a list of the posts within a category - but I just want the content(as there is only 1 post per category) and using the_content() on the category-slug.php isn't working either. I'm stumped!
    – Paul
    Mar 15, 2019 at 6:34

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