Is there an argument for get_terms which I can fetch terms that only have say over 2 posts associated with it?
I have a terms page which lists all my terms for 'artists', the page is huge but a lot of these terms that only have one post so I would like to show only significant terms.

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$terms = get_terms("my_taxonomy");
$count = count($terms);
if ( $count > 0 ){
    echo "<ul>";
    foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
        if ($term->count > 2) {
            echo "<li>" . $term->name . "</li>";
    echo "</ul>";

a shot. It will grab all the terms and then run a check to see if the $term->count is greater than 2 and if so, print out those terms.


This does basically the same as @Zach already added, but in a more smart/unreadable way :)

$taxons = get_terms(
         'hide_empty' => true // is the default
$count = count( $taxons );
$stack = array()
if ( 0 < $count)
    // Catch all terms that have a count of "1"
    // As we already have excluded all with 
    // a zero count are already excluded
    $to_exclude = wp_list_filter(
        ,array( 'count' => 1 )

    // fill our stack by filtering/diffing our 1-post taxons out
    $stack = array_diff( (array) $taxons, (array) $to_exclude )

echo '<pre>'.var_export( $stack, true ).'</pre>';
  • You and your damn crafty answers :)
    – Zach
    Oct 12, 2012 at 19:52
  • @Zach Glad you answered - remembered me to upvote yours for "most readable" ;) - Btw: I haven't measured it, but I think with an iteration of 10k rounds involving timer_start()/*_stop(), yours will even be faster.
    – kaiser
    Oct 12, 2012 at 19:59
  • Ah nice, always good to know
    – Zach
    Oct 12, 2012 at 20:02
  • Hm I'm getting this error: Catchable fatal error: Object of class stdClass could not be converted to string
    – Imran
    Oct 12, 2012 at 21:49
  • @Imran I'm pretty sure the problem is the objects inside the array, but please try it again and report back. In case, I'll rework it with an array_map another time.
    – kaiser
    Oct 12, 2012 at 22:03

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