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  • Hi guys, I’m trying to get the category description to show on my category archive page. But it’s not working…. Have tried all the common tutorials such as the one from WPbeginner but can’t figure out how to get it to work in my theme (Zenit). And I have no knowledge of PHP whatsoever so it’s quite a challenge! 🙂 Who can help me? Would be AWESOME!

    • This topic was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by Babbelientje.
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  • You should ask theme questions in your theme’s support forum.
    The function to use is https://developer.wordpress.org/reference/functions/the_archive_description/

    Thanks Joy! But that’s the stuff I already tried, and my theme doesn’t seem to have a support forum. I think I’m doing something wrong in the very basics of this process, but I don’t know what it is.

    I’ve got the possibility to edit only my functions.php file because I’m using a child theme, is there any type of code I can paste in that file so that the category description shows up on the archive page?

    If your theme doesn’t have a support forum here, we don’t support it.
    No, you can’t put something in functions.php and change the archive page. You would need to copy the parent theme’s archive.php file to your child theme and then put the function I mentioned in the new file, where you want to see it.
    This is mostly the same for every theme, but every theme can be different, so it’s best to ask your theme author for support.

    Moderator bcworkz

    (@bcworkz)

    Zenit support forum:
    https://themeforest.net/item/zenit-a-crisp-and-clean-photography-theme/19791468/support

    Joy summarized what needs to be done anyway. It’s impossible for us to be more specific because we have no source code access. Part of why we cannot support commercial themes. We consider commercial software authors that expect volunteers here to support their paid for product to be abusive of our volunteer’s time and good will.

    Thanks for your help guys. Bcworkz, I understand what you mean, and must admit I did not know what exactly the distribution and use of a commercial theme entails. I appreciate that you both have nevertheless taken the time to answer my question!

    What you need to do is add a few lines of code in the template that your category archive uses. That will probably be category.php

    Since you are working with a child theme you will need to copy the category.php file to your child theme folder and edit that file. It isn’t hard and well described here: https://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-display-category-descriptions-in-wordpress/

    Good luck and if you mess up just try again with a fresh copy of the file.

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