I have the below code successfully running on my custom post type archive pages. The only issue I have is that I want the list of 'book_cat' taxonomy terms for that post but ONLY if they're also children of the taxononmy term with an id of 5.

Trying to use the post ID as a parameter isn't working. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong please?

$args = array( 'hide_empty' => '0','taxonomy' => 'book_cat', 'child_of' => 5);
$categories = get_terms($args);
    echo '<ul class="characters">';
    foreach($categories as $category) {
        $link = get_term_link($category);
        echo '<li>';
        $size = "thumbnail";
        $image = get_field('main_image', 'category_'.$category->term_id);
        echo '<a href="'.$link.'">';
        echo wp_get_attachment_image( $image, 'thumbnail', "", ["class" => "character"] );
        echo '</a>';
        echo '<span class="cat-title"><a href="'.$link.'">' . $category->name . '</a></span>';
        echo '</li>';
    echo '</ul>';

1 Answer 1


If I understood right, right now you get all child terms of term with id = 5, but you need to show only terms from this list, which are attached to the post.

Retrieves the terms in a given taxonomy or list of taxonomies.

Try to use wp_get_post_terms() instead, which allows you to set post id.
Make sure $post->ID is available.

Retrieves the terms for a post.

$args = array( 'hide_empty' => '0','taxonomy' => 'book_cat', 'child_of' => 5);
$categories = wp_get_post_terms($post->ID, 'book_cat', $args);
//rest of your code goes here.....
  • 1
    Actually, wp_get_post_terms(), although indirectly, also uses get_terms() and you can pass a post ID to get_terms() using the object_ids argument, e.g. get_terms( 'taxonomy=book_cat&object_ids=123' ). But I'm not sure if @friendlyllama already tried that doing that.
    – Sally CJ
    Commented May 13, 2021 at 15:06
  • Why it is inderectly?
    – anton
    Commented May 14, 2021 at 12:42
  • wp_get_post_terms() uses wp_get_object_terms() which is the one that calls get_terms().
    – Sally CJ
    Commented May 14, 2021 at 12:49
  • 1
    Ok, will keep in mind)
    – anton
    Commented May 14, 2021 at 13:03

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