WordPress.org

Ready to get started?Download WordPress

Forums

Show category title, description and posts on single.php page - simple? no! (13 posts)

  1. 157GS
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    This seems like the most simple task but after searching for the last 40 minutes I cannot find a way to do this!!

    All I would like to do is show the title / description / and posts of the current category when on the single.php and viewing a post.

    On the category page (archive.php) it was easy!

    <!-- category-title -->
    <?php if (is_category()) { single_cat_title(); } ?>
    
    <!-- category-summary -->
    <?php echo category_description($category); ?>
    
    <!-- category-posts -->
    <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
        <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
    <?php endwhile; ?>

    Even if I altered the title request to say if(is_single) and use that same code on the single.php it returns nothing.

  2. 157GS
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm getting a bit closer but still no luck with the category description and minor progress with the other two:

    I was able to retrieve the title with this scary hack:

    <!-- category-title -->
    <?php global $post; $category = get_the_category($post->ID); echo $category[0]->name; ?>

    And to retrieve the posts, this kind of works but it's returning all posts instead of only the posts in the current category:

    <!-- category-posts -->
    <?php query_posts($category); ?>
    <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
         <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
    <?php endwhile; ?>
  3. iridiax
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    All I would like to do is show the title / description / and posts of the current category when on the single.php and viewing a post.

    The conditional tag is_category is used for category pages, while the in_category tag is used for posts.

  4. 157GS
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I don't really need a conditional statement though. I don't need to find out if the post is in a category nor do I need to know what category it is.

    I just want to show the category description and other posts in the same category of the post I am currently viewing.

    I can't believe this is that difficult! Nobody ever wants to show other posts from the current category!?

  5. 157GS
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Here is an example of a code block that does what I want it to do with the exception of the fact that I to hardcode the ID of the category to get it to work:

    <?php query_posts('cat=4'); ?>
          <?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
              <a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><?php the_title(); ?></a>
          <?php endwhile; ?>

    I want the ID to be defined by whatever category I am currently in. I've tried $category but then it returns all posts from all categories!

  6. iridiax
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

  7. iridiax
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Nobody ever wants to show other posts from the current category!?

    Have you considered using a plugin for this sort of thing? Here's just one of them:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/similar-posts/

  8. 157GS
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Try get_the_category

    Thanks, but this is not happening in The Loop, it's in the sidebar. get_the_category can only be used in the loop.

  9. 157GS
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Have you considered using a plugin for this sort of thing? Here's just one of them:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/similar-posts/

    Yes, I tried that but it doesn't quite get me where I want to go. I want to also include the category description. I figure if I can at least get that to work I may be able to then just get the posts as well....

  10. Justin Tadlock
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

  11. shalako
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Was this resolved? I'm trying to display category description on single.php

  12. shalako
    Member
    Posted 5 years ago #

    How I solved it:

    <?php $category = get_the_category(); echo $category[0]->category_description; ?>

  13. wasnotwas
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Ok I have answer to this problem. If I understand the problem correctly it is this. the_catagory does not work inside the loop on single.php

    so I solved it with this piece of code.

    foreach((get_the_category()) as $cat) {
    	$categoryname = $cat->cat_name;
    }
    ?>
    <?php the_post(); ?>
    <div id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class(); ?>>
    <h2 class="page-title"><?php echo $categoryname; ?></h2>

Topic Closed

This topic has been closed to new replies.

About this Topic

Tags