WordPress: Combining Post Categories and Tags Into Same Unordered List

On one of my blogs I needed a way to combine both categories and tags into one unordered list—<ul>. Each item would of course be wrapped in its own list item—<li>. The design I came up with made this a necessary requirement. My initial attempts used the canned WordPress function calls—get_the_category_list() and get_the_tag_list()—which ended up outputting two unordered lists. Not what I wanted.

I searched a bit more, and found that I could get both arrays prior to outputting to the screen. I control the markup this way and wrap them in a single unordered list.

The PHP and HTML

function get_cats_and_tags_list()
	$html = '<div class="entry-cats-and-tags"><ul>';
	foreach((get_the_category()) as $cat) {
		$html .= '<li class="post-cat-item">' .
			'<a href="' . get_category_link($cat->term_id) . '">' . $cat->cat_name . '</a>' . 
	$posttags = get_the_tags();
	if ($posttags) {
	  foreach($posttags as $tag) {
	  	$html .= '<li class="post-tag-item">' .
			'<a href="' . get_tag_link($tag->term_id) . '">' . $tag->name . '</a>' . 
	return $html . '</ul></div>';

Notice that I added a special class to that of a category list item and that of a tag list item. This allows me to custom style the categories and tags as my design dictates.

Here is the CSS

.entry-actions .entry-cats-and-tags { max-width: 500px; }

.entry-cats-and-tags ul { list-style: none; margin:0; float:left; }
.entry-cats-and-tags ul li { float:left; margin-right:5px; line-height: 2.1em; }

.entry-cats-and-tags a { font-size: .9em; }

.entry-cats-and-tags li.post-cat-item a { background:#f5f5f5; color: #999; border:solid 1px #f5f5f5; }

.entry-cats-and-tags li.post-tag-item a { background:#fff; color: #999; border:solid 1px #ddd; }

.entry-cats-and-tags li.post-cat-item a:hover, .entry-cats-and-tags li.post-tag-item a:hover { color: #666; text-decoration: none; border:solid 1px #999; }

.entry-cats-and-tags ul li.post-cat-item a, .entry-cats-and-tags ul li.post-tag-item a { border-radius: 10px; padding:4px 10px 3px 10px; }

This technique allows me to easily float the <li>‘s so that they wrap nicely from one line to the next. This is the final result:

Screenshot: WordPress: Combining a Posts’ Categories and Tags into Same Unordered List

You can view it in action here: jibbywasmosthappy.com. I particularly like the mouse over treatment.

After completing this task I noticed that on an individual posts’ page there were no categories or tags being output. So I moved the PHP / HTML code into its own function in functions.php. This allows me to easily make a one line call from any page.

<?php echo get_cats_and_tags_list(); ?>

Happy coding.

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