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  • Resolved Mr_Scientist


    Hi all,

    I’m currently making a magazine style site with customised templates. I’ve run into a problem regarding the category > sub-category templates.

    I have two different parent categories which then have a number of sub-categories beneath them. For example –

    Parent Category 1 >
    Sub Category 1 > Posts
    Sub Category 2 > Posts

    Parent Category 2 >
    Sub Category 1 > Posts
    Sub Category 2 > Posts

    I would like to have one template for the parent categories (which outputs links to the sub-categories), this I’ve managed to achieve. What I can’t figure out is how to have a separate template which allows me to display the posts within that specific sub-category. Whilst I realise you can name a template category-slug/id.php I would like just one sub-category template that can be used across all the sub categories. I’m really not sure about how to go about doing this, even after reading the Codex and relentless Googling.

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  • I believe I have now solved this problem and the key lies here –

    Place the following code within functions.php –

    function is_subcategory (){
        $cat = get_query_var('cat');
        $category = get_category($cat);
        return ( $category->parent == '0' ) ? false : true;

    And this code within the category.php template –

    if ( is_subcategory() ) {
        // do required actions

    The above code was from the WP Mayor website.

    Adjust the statement to become an if/else inside the category.php page. If the category is within a sub-category output the loop to show the posts of that category, else output the subcategories themselves.

    Hi Mr_Scientist. I faced the same situation as yours. Glad to hear you sorted it out.
    I am still stuck where you began. I created separate category-1.php and category-2.php. When i click the category it open the right category with respective posts. But when I click the posts it opens single.php. When in breadcrumbs when I click Category-1 it open in category.php not category-1.php. What is the code I suppose to give in category.php with the if/else. Please guide.

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