I have our portfolio page here: http://www.slarc.com/portfolio-view/central-control-building-east-texas/

The orange links below the project title are manually inserted on the page content. Is there a way to call in a the post categories to make this automatic?

The template I'm using doesn't have our portfolio posts under WP Posts. It's under a custom post-type titled "Portfolio".

I have received this code below. But I don't know how to add it to my page. When I tried everything on the page below the PHP code disappeared.

$args = array( 
    'type'                     => 'post', 
    'child_of'                 => 0, 
    'parent'                   => '', 
    'orderby'                  => 'name', 
    'order'                    => 'ASC', 
    'hide_empty'               => 1, 
    'hierarchical'             => 1, 
    'exclude'                  => '', 
    'include'                  => '', 
    'number'                   => '', 
    'taxonomy'                 => 'your_custom_taxonomy', 
    'pad_counts'               => false ); 
$categories = get_categories($args); 

echo '<ul>'; 

foreach ($categories as $category) { 
    $url = get_term_link($category);?> 
    <li><a href="<?php echo $url;?>"><?php echo $category->name; ?></a></li> 

echo '</ul>'; 

Thanks, Lorne

1 Answer 1


It's hard to be sure without knowing what Taxonomy the "Portfolio" post type is using. Even though it's a different post type, it might still be using the default category taxonomy. If it is, then you don't need to use get_categories(); as you're doing above. The following should work:

<?php get_the_category_list('|'); ?>

The reason your code doesn't work is because 'your_custom_taxonomy' isn't a valid taxonomy. You can always turn on debugging in WordPress to show you any errors that are popping up, instead of just seeing a blank page.

For more info, see get_the_category_list and get_categories.

If you're trying to display only the terms that are applied to a given post (not all of the categories available), for a taxonomy portfolio_category, try the following:

<?php echo get_the_term_list( $post->ID, 'portfolio_category' ); ?>

See: http://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/get_the_term_list

  • Thanks for the reply. However that didn't work? I need to turn on debugging and try to get to the bottom of this. I think it's a custom post type and not a custom taxonomy. But I didn't make this template, where do I find that out?
    – lorne17
    Feb 27, 2013 at 14:58
  • It might be a custom post type using a custom taxonomy. This is a little more complex than I can explain here. You might want to read codex.wordpress.org/Post_Types, and codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies. Generally you can figure out the taxonomy by going to wherever you set up the post categories in the backend and looking at the URL. If it's a custom taxonomy the URL will end with something like edit-tags.php?taxonomy=custom_cat&post_type=custom_type
    – bcorkins
    Feb 27, 2013 at 15:03
  • Ok so I got it to pull in the post categories. Turns out it was a custom taxonomy named: portfolio_category. I used teh code above and changed the taxonomy name. However it pulls in ALL my categories, even if they are unchecked in the edit post page? I have tried hide_empty to both 1 and 0. Neither made an impact.
    – lorne17
    Feb 27, 2013 at 17:46
  • I didn't realize you were trying to list the applied terms, and not all terms. See my edit above.
    – bcorkins
    Feb 28, 2013 at 0:17
  • Thanks for the reply...the get_the_term_list worked great. However as with everything else I do in web design I want to through a curveball in the mix. I am getting the links working on this page for "portfolio_category" here: slarc.com/portfolio-view/central-control-building-east-texas However if you look at the link for Administration Buildings it returns this link for the category: slarc.com/portfolio_category/administration-buildings I have a specific page I want to direct it to: slarc.com/projects/administration-buildings How can I do this?
    – lorne17
    Feb 28, 2013 at 15:45

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