the_category ( $separator = '', $parents = '', $post_id = false )

  • (string) separator Optional. Separator between the categories. By default, the links are placed in an unordered list. An empty string will result in the default behavior.
  • (string) parents Optional. How to display the parents. Accepts 'multiple', 'single', or empty. Default empty string.
  • (int) post_id Optional. ID of the post to retrieve categories for. Defaults to the current post.
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Displays category list for a post in either HTML list or custom format.

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the_category_id, the_category_rss, get_the_category, has_category, the_category_head

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