I'm creating a template for a custom taxonomy for my theme.

At the beginning of the page, before the loop that lists all the posts associated to a term of that taxonomy, I want to output the description for that term.

I have tried with


but it doesn't work, no output... get_the_terms and other functions I know are meant to work within a loop for individual posts (with post->ID)...

Anyone has a clue on how to achieve this? many thanks

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    Are you using echo or print to show the function's output?
    – mrwweb
    May 21, 2012 at 20:13
  • oh had to echo it, that was simple to solve, thanks!
    – unfulvio
    May 21, 2012 at 20:37

1 Answer 1


The term_description() function returns the description rather than echoing or printing it.

To fix the issue, use:

echo term_description();

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