How to output wordpress custom tags separated by comma?

Based on a few references I’ve built a function to output a list of custom taxonomy terms separated by comma. The code works as intended, where food_tag is the custom taxonomy I registered for a custom post_type.

Here’s the function:

function get_taxonomy_food_tags(){
 $terms = get_terms('food_tag');
 foreach($terms as $term){

 // The $term is an object, so we don't need to specify the $taxonomy.

 $term_link = get_term_link($term);

 $numItems = count($terms);
 $i        = 0;

 // If there was an error, continue to the next term.

 if (is_wp_error($term_link)){

 // We successfully got a link. Print it out.

 echo '<a href="' . esc_url($term_link) . '">' . $term->name . '</a>';

 if (++$i != $numItems) {
            echo ', ';


I then place the code <?php get_taxonony_food_tags(); ?> anywhere in my theme’s .php templates and I get a list of my custom tags with a link. such as:

Ingredients: Bacon, Tomato Slices, Tomato Sauce, Lettuce, Beef,

It turns out the last tag in the array is also printed with a comma

How do I properly set up the function to exclude the last comma?

Thanks in advance.

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You have a couple of flaws here:

  • ALWAYS code in a way with a mindset of that your code will fail. This is very important. Most people code with a perfect world mindset. A perfect world will never happen. Always think of what will happen when your code fail.

    As example, in your code, $terms return an object of term objects if everything pans out. $terms also returns an empty array if there are no terms in the taxonomy or terms without having any posts. It also returns a WP_Error object if the taxonomy does not exist. This is all bugs. Invalid taxonomy you may ask. If you have correctly registered your taxonomy in a plugin, and you disable that plugin, your taxonomy does not exist anymore, which will trigger the invalid taxonomy error.

  • You should start your counter outside your foreach loop. Not inside

  • The get_ prefix is used for functions that returns its output, not echo it.

  • Always sanitize and validate

I will rewrite your code to look something like this: (NOTE: Requires PHP5.4 +)

function get_taxonomy_food_tags( $taxonomy = '', $args = [] )
    // Check if we have a taxonomy and that it is valid. If not, return false
    if ( !$taxonomy )
        return false;

    // Sanitize the taxonomy input
    $taxonomy = filter_var( $taxonomy, FILTER_SANITIZE_STRING );

    if ( !taxonomy_exists( $taxonomy ) )
        return false;

    // If we reached this point, our taxonomy is valid. So lets continue. Get our terms
    $terms = get_terms( $taxonomy, $args );

    // We will only check if we have terms, we know our taxonomy is valid because we have reached this point
    if ( empty( $terms ) )
        return false;

    // Great, if we got to this point, we have terms, lets continue
    // Define our variable to hold our term links
    $term_links_array = [];
    foreach ( $terms as $term ) {
        $term_link = get_term_link( $term );

        // Make sure we do not have a WP_Error object, not really necessary, but better be safe
        if ( is_wp_error( $term ) )

        // Build an array of term links. Let php do the hard work and calculations
        $term_links_array[] = '<a href="' . esc_url($term_link) . '">' . $term->name . '</a>';
    } // endforeach

    // Make sure that we have an array of term links, if not, return false
    if ( !$term_links_array )
        return false;

    // We have reached this point, lets output our term links
    return implode( ', ', $term_links_array );

You can now use it as follow

echo get_taxonomy_food_tags( 'food_tag' );

I have also introduced a second parameter which you can use to pass an array of arguments to the internal get_terms() function, so you can use the new function in the same exact way as the default get_terms() function

The problem is you are giving 0 as a value to $i, every time the foreach loop executes, so, when the last if statement executes, every time the comparison is 1 != 3, and the comma will always be printed. Try to declare $i = 0; outside the foreach loop. Like this:

$terms = get_terms('food_tag');
$i = 0;
foreach($terms as $term){ 

//the code here


Also, there is a curly bracket missing at the end, maybe thats only a copy paste error, but for those who try to copy paste this and make it run.