Well, I'm using my own taxonomy for custom post type. It looks like this:

register_taxonomy("our_gallery", array("gallery"), array("hierarchical" => true, "label" => "Types", "singular_label" => "Type", "rewrite" => true));

I have created a few "types"/categories in my admin panel like "Black and white", "Landscapes" and so forth...

Anyways I can't figure out how to get these categories out? I mean - display them on my gallery page just next to gallery items?

I've tried:

  <?php $cat = get_the_category();
    var_dump($cat); ?>

And it displays an empty array - "array(0) { }". How to get access to my own categories? get_the_category('our gallery') and ('gallery') also gives an empty array...

Thanks a lot :)

  • This question has been answered quite a few times now - should we be pointing to existing answers instead of answering it again?
    – anu
    Dec 9, 2010 at 14:10
  • @anu if you know a duplicate question please include a link to it in comment. Users with 500+ rep can cast close votes and cite duplicate as reason, I just can't remember exact match to this one myself. :)
    – Rarst
    Dec 9, 2010 at 14:36
  • This: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/4291 is pretty much the same question
    – anu
    Dec 9, 2010 at 17:24

2 Answers 2


I think you are getting confused by terminology here.

Category is a taxonomy. Specific categories you create are terms.

our_gallery is taxonomy. Landscapes is term. our_gallery is not category. It is its own taxonomy and has nothing to do with category taxonomy.

get_the_category() function explicitly fetches terms of category taxonomy.

To get terms of our_gallery taxonomy you need more generic function get_the_terms().

  • Got it! Can you help me with getting 'landscape' out o this? array(1) { [17]=> object(stdClass)#378 (10) { ["term_id"]=> string(2) "17" ["name"]=> string(5) "Image" ["slug"]=> string(5) "image" ["term_group"]=> string(1) "0" ["term_taxonomy_id"]=> string(2) "19" ["taxonomy"]=> string(18) "our_gallery" ["description"]=> Dec 9, 2010 at 14:16
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    Please add any code and followup to your question and markup it as such. Comments are no good for that.
    – Rarst
    Dec 9, 2010 at 14:38
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    You can use the_terms($post->ID, 'our_gallery') to automatically display a comma separated list for the current post. Dec 9, 2010 at 14:38
  • But it still displays a link, not paragraph... Dec 9, 2010 at 21:00

Maybe you should use following statement to get categories of a taxonomy:

$taxonomy  = 'your-taxonomy-name';
$tax_terms = get_terms($taxonomy, array('hide_empty' => false));

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