showing categories and subcategories using THE_CATEGORY ?? (4 posts)

  1. podpersonjason
    Posted 11 years ago #

    hey there.

    i'm trying to find a way to use the "<?php the_category( ); ?>" tag to display the hiarchical relationship between my category and its subcategory.

    to clarify: if a post is in the subcat "monkeys" whose parent category is "primates" i want the_category to return "primates > monkeys". obviously the > sign is arbitrary. the point is that the_category only shows the category a post is placed in, and makes no reference to the parent category? is there a way around this? besides posting the entry in both "primates" and "monkeys"?


  2. oriecat
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I think if you use something like <?php the_category(', ','single') ?> then it will show both the parent and child, separated by a /.

    See here:

  3. podpersonjason
    Posted 11 years ago #

    yes, that is correct, but - and feel free to call me anal - i am really hoping to find a way that will list them and let me control whether it's a link or just a list, and also lets me dictate the seperating character.

    <?php the_category_rss(' , ',' single ') ?> returns the category from the post and its parent, but only as a single link and only seperated by the \ ... i'm hoping to find something more flexable.

  4. jalenack
    Posted 11 years ago #

    the_category is meant to only display the link of the post it is referenced to. You are looking for another wp function:

    wp_list_cats() - It makes a nice little list of all your categories, with links.

    <?php wp_list_cats(); ?>


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