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How to Show the Current Taxonomy Title, URL, and more in WordPress

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How to Show the Current Taxonomy Title, URL, and more in WordPress

Recently one of our users reported an issue with their theme. They had a share button on all pages including the archive pages. However, the taxonomy archive page share buttons were showing the information of the most recent post instead of the actual taxonomy archive. We took a look at their code just to find out that they were calling the_permalink(); and the_title(); tag which are reserved for posts not archive pages. In this article, we will show you how to get the current taxonomy title, url, and other information on the specific taxonomy archive page.

All you have to do is paste the following code on your taxonomy archive page.

$term = get_term_by( 'slug', get_query_var( 'term' ), get_query_var( 'taxonomy' ) ); 

This gets the information of the current taxonomy based on the archive page you are on. For example, if you were on a category page called “business”, then it will get the information for that taxonomy.

After that line of code, you can use it to display the title of the taxonomy and other info like this:

echo $term->name; // will show the name
echo $term->slug; // will show the slug

You can use it for the all of the following values:

  • term_id
  • name
  • slug
  • term_group
  • term_taxonomy_id
  • taxonomy
  • description
  • parent
  • count

We hope that this will help other theme designers who might need this. It can come in handy to show the current taxonomy title or any of the other information.

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  1. Aleksandar says:

    Thanks very much, i needed this for custom taxonomy in breadcrumbs.

  2. sami says:

    What if we want to get Taxonomy -> Terms name/title outside the loop with wp Query on Page template? Plus how to get Taxonomy name/title with the same scenario.


  3. Kalle Pedersen says:

    Noob question here: where is the “archive page” in which I need to paste the above code? Have tried it in different pages, but to no avail :-(

  4. sylee says:

    Thank you so much!

  5. Nechemya K says:

    I trying to build a website for movies.
    I have a few post types like movies, tv, and more
    And I have a few taxonomies like: directors. Stars. Year. And more.

    How can I make taxonomy pages to show only the movies post type title in the page?
    Because when I ask to show all post in this tax, all of the post from all types shown

    Thanks for you help.

  6. Aaron says:

    The title and first paragraph promises directions on how to get the URL, yet I see no mention of how to do so in the article body.

  7. Pete says:

    I just use this inside the loop

  8. Saad says:

    You Made My Day I was looking for this for so long thank you guys very much :). it will really help me in building a new theme for my blog .

  9. Frank Pereiro says:

    This is really, really nice.

    I wish there was more post on taxonomies like this one.

    Thank you very much for sharing

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