I have created a custom post type 'item':

function mywp_add_item_post() {
    $labels = array(
        'name' => 'Items',
        'singular_name' => 'Item',
        'add_new' => 'Add New Item',
        'add_new_item' => 'Add New Item',
        'edit_item' => 'Edit Item',
        'new_item' => 'New Item',
        'all_items' => 'All Items',
        'view_item' => 'View Item',
        'search_items' => 'Search Items',
        'not_found' =>  'No Items Found',
        'not_found_in_trash' => 'No Items found in Trash', 
        'parent_item_colon' => '',
        'menu_name' => 'Items',

    $args = array(
        'labels' => $labels,
        'public' => true,
        'has_archive' => true,
        'show_ui' => true,
        'capability_type' => 'post',
        'hierarchical' => false,
        'rewrite' => array('slug' => 'item'),
        'query_var' => true,
        'menu_icon' => 'dashicons-randomize',
        'show_in_rest' => true,
        'supports' => array('title', 'editor', 'excerpt', 'trackbacks', 'custom-fields', 'comments', 'revisions', 'thumbnail', 'author', 'page-attributes'));

    register_post_type( 'item', $args );

add_action( 'init', 'mywp_add_item_post');

A custom taxonomy named 'collection' is added:

function mywp_add_collection_taxonomy() {
      $labels= array('name' => _x( 'Collections', 'taxonomy general name' ),
      'singular_name' => _x( 'Collection', 'taxonomy singular name' ),
      'search_items' =>  __( 'Search Collections' ),
      'all_items' => __( 'All Collection' ),
      'parent_item' => __( 'Parent Collection' ),
      'parent_item_colon' => __( 'Parent Collection:' ),
      'edit_item' => __( 'Edit Collection' ),
      'update_item' => __( 'Update Collection' ),
      'add_new_item' => __( 'Add New Collection' ),
      'new_item_name' => __( 'New Collection Name' ),
      'menu_name' => __( 'Collections' ));

      $rewrite= array('slug' => 'collection');

  $args= array('hierarchical' => true,
      'show_in_nav_menus' => true,
      'has_archive' => true,
      'query_var' => true,
      'show_in_rest' => true,

   register_taxonomy('collection', 'item', $args);

function mywp_tax_filters()
    register_taxonomy_for_object_type('collection', 'item');

add_action('init', 'mywp_add_collection_taxonomy', 1);
add_action('init', 'mywp_tax_filters');

Object: I need a page to view the list of 'collection' that are not empty (like the default categories page)

  • A taxonomy template file (taxonomy-collection.php) is created within the theme directory.
  • Permalink structure is flushed.
  • I have added some 'collections' assigning 'items' inside them.

Problem: The link '$site_url/collection' shows 404 (not found).

Advance thanks for your thoughts on my problem and your patience to read it all through.

1 Answer 1


A missing template will never result in a 404 error. That's not how templates work. The reason you're getting a 404 is that you're attempting to access a URL that does not exist.

{Site URL}/{Taxonomy name}/ doesn't exist. There's nothing for WordPress to display at that URL. WordPress templates only ever display posts, but this URL doesn't specify which posts to display. You need to specify which collection term to display, and then access posts with that term at {Site URL}/{Taxonomy name}/{Term slug}. All posts would be accessible at {Site URL}/{Post type name}/, but {Site URL}/{Taxonomy name}/ will return a 404.

If you want to display a list of terms within a taxonomy, then the only way to do that would be to create a page with a custom template that lists all terms. It's not a native type of template in WordPress.

  • Thanks jacob. As there is an option to display the categories, I presumed wordpress can display the list of custom taxonomy names too. The links like {Site URL}/{Taxonomy slug}/{Taxonomy name} is working fine. I understand the issue and will create a separate page template and code to display the list. Thanks again for your answer.
    – sariDon
    Commented Nov 11, 2019 at 6:47
  • There isn’t an option to display the categories. Unless you just mean the widget? There’s certainly nothing accessible at {Site URL}/category/. Commented Nov 11, 2019 at 7:37

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