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  • Resolved David Calhoun


    I’m trying to make a unordered list of my custom taxonomies just at wp_list_categories(); does for standard categories.

    If my custom taxonomy is “industry” and I have three industries inputed (A, B & C) — I want it to list the industries with links to each “category page” for each “industry” like so:


    • A
    • B
    • C

    I’ve searched around and tried several clips of code and functions, but have yet to get anything to work. Please help! Thanks in advance.

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  • <?php
    //list terms in a given taxonomy
    $taxonomy = 'industry';
    $tax_terms = get_terms($taxonomy);
    foreach ($tax_terms as $tax_term) {
    echo '<li>' . '<a href="' . esc_attr(get_term_link($tax_term, $taxonomy)) . '" title="' . sprintf( __( "View all posts in %s" ), $tax_term->name ) . '" ' . '>' . $tax_term->name.'</a></li>';


    Thank you for the code snippet. I tried using it and did not get any results displayed. I tried the code snippet inside and outside of a loop. I’m trying to display this on a custom home page. I have several different custom loops running on the page.

    What do you think the issue may be?

    Before this line

    //list terms in a given taxonomy


    echo '<h2>listing taxonomy</h2>';

    That way you know if the code is executing.

    If necessary, please provide a link to your site and put all the code from that template in a pastebin like and report the link back here and maybe someone can spot the problem.


    The code seems to be executing. It echoes the h2 tag. The site is currently local only, but here’s a link to the code itself. I really appreciate the help.

    The lines of code that are not working are in lines 66-78.

    I just threw that code in the index.php (using TwentyTen theme) of a test install and it worked fine.

    Don’t know what I’m doing wrong here. I tried the same thing with no luck. The site is WPMS and the the custom taxonomy is created with the More Taxonomies plugin.

    I tried it on a different normal install with a manually created taxonomy as well. :-/

    Don’t know about the WPMS, but if that plugin creates normal taxonomies don’t know why it wouldn’t work unless the taxonmies are empty–if so try

    $taxonomy = 'industry';
      'hide_empty' => false,
      'orderby' => 'name',
      'order' => 'ASC'
    $tax_terms = get_terms($taxonomy,$term_args);

    That works like a charm! Thank you so much for the help. I get it now. There’s no posts in them, so they don’t display. Doh! >.<

    Well, I need to them to display even if they are empty, so I appreciate your troubleshooting with me.

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