I am creating a magazine style wordpress site. We have multiple issues which will be parent categories and these will have around 3-5 sub categories. Every quarter we will create a new issue with new subcategories.


Issue 7 -> news journal worldview letters etc...

I have a page which lists all of the parent categories and their associated magazine style cover images but I need these to link to a page which lists out that parent categories' sub categories.

my code for the magazine parent categories is below if

<?php foreach (get_categories('exclude=9') as $cat) : ?>
  <?php if ($cat->parent > 0) continue; ?>
   <div id="magazine">
     <a href="<?php echo get_category_link($cat->term_id); ?>" id="link"><?php echo $cat->cat_name; ?></a>
     <img src="<?php echo z_taxonomy_image_url($cat->term_id); ?>" />
  <?php endforeach; ?>
<?php endwhile; // end of the loop. ?>  

does anyone know how to make the parent category link to a page where their sub categories are listed? any help would be massively appreciated!

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    "does anyone kno how to make these link to their sub categories on a separate page?" -- I do not understand this. Please clarify.
    – s_ha_dum
    Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 16:18
  • know* sure thing. I would like "Issue 7" the parent category to link to a separate page where its sub categories are listed out. Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 17:02

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I think the simplest way would be to just use the category archives that WordPress already generates. Change the category base in permalink settings to issues so you have nice URLs, then in the category template, check if you're viewing a top level or child category, and display the appropriate markup:

$this_category = get_queried_object();

// if parent is 0, category is top level
if( 0 == $this_category->parent ) :

    // top level category,
    // show child categories of this issue
    $args = array(
        'child_of' => $this_category->term_id,
        'title_li' => '',
        'hide_empty' => 0

    // output a list of child cats for this issue
    // see also get_categories or get_terms if you wish to use your own markup
    wp_list_categories( $args );

else :

    // child category,
    // show articles in this subcategory, etc.
    echo 'child category';

  • Hi Milo, thanks for the reply, this works great thank you, it follows through to the child categories nicely. How would you get the child category to link to all of its posts? Atm its renders with a strange url /category/iq-issue-4/news-iq-issue-4/ instead of /category/iq-issue-4/news Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 10:56
  • category pages automatically load the posts in that category, so you just need the standard loop to output them. as for category slugs, have you checked the categories to see what slugs are assigned, and does this actually differ? one issue you will run into is that you can't have multiple categories share the same slug, they must be unique. you won't be able to have simply news under each issue category.
    – Milo
    Commented Nov 5, 2012 at 15:13

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