In the default category widget, when you check the "show posts count" checkbox, the number of posts appear surrounded by parentheses, how to remove them.

  • Personally, I would create a custom Widget that loads the categories from the database and echoing them in whatever fashion you like with custom styling and tags. For this you will need get_categories() that returns the categories in an associative array and a slightly altered version of this function to get the post count in each category. This might be an overkill for such a small change though.
    – Dzhuneyt
    Feb 26, 2013 at 23:07
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    I agree, the best way would be to create a custom widget, but i found a light solution to do this specific job, I posted it below :) Feb 26, 2013 at 23:19

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Add this code to your functions.php file and it will remove the parentheses and surround the post count with a span with a class to easily style it.

function categories_postcount_filter ($variable) {
   $variable = str_replace('(', '<span class="post_count"> ', $variable);
   $variable = str_replace(')', ' </span>', $variable);
   return $variable;

++Bonus In the archive widget, if you checked "Show posts count" checkbox you'll see the same parentheses around posts count, here's another filter to remove them and add a class to easily style theme.

function archive_postcount_filter ($variable) {
   $variable = str_replace('(', ' ', $variable);
   $variable = str_replace(')', ' ', $variable);
   return $variable;
add_filter('get_archives_link', 'archive_postcount_filter');
  • Good stuff. A bit of indentation inside the function would help.
    – Dzhuneyt
    Feb 26, 2013 at 23:21
  • After 6 years these two examples still work!
    – Krys
    Jan 23, 2020 at 5:37
  • Would this work if the title has a parenthesis in it? Mar 6, 2021 at 4:25

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