Solved – Display Category Descriptions in Divi for WordPress

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December 7, 2022

Solved – Display Category Descriptions in Divi for WordPress

This Article will show you how to display WordPress category descriptions in your category pages built with Divi Theme Builder’s Visual Editor.

If your category pages don’t have any descriptions, that not affects your end user understanding of your site but it can also negatively affect your SEO rankings.

In searching for how to make this customization, we were unable to find a complete solution that worked. Many articles referred to modifying the files archives.php or categories.php. However, when we searched the Divi files, they don’t exist.

 We are assuming you have already created your categories within WordPress and set the category descriptions. We are also assuming you have already used Divi’s Theme Builder to create your body template for “All Category Pages”. If you have not done so yet, you should complete this before proceeding. 

  1. Step 1

  2. Using your favorite FTP program or  control panel file editor on your server, navigate to your folder wp-content/themes/Divi and locate functions.php. Make a backup of that file (in case you make a mistake and corrupt the file, like we did on the first attempt and accidently typed a character somewhere in the file that broke Divi Visual Editor and our Post edit function)

  1. Step 2

  2. Open functions.php for editing.

  1. Step 3

  2. For this step, we would like to thank David’s post on StackExchange  for providing the generic WordPress code to create a new shortcode for the category description. 
    At the end of the file functions.php, add the following code :

// Added to create category description shortcode
add_shortcode(‘cat_description’, ‘my_cat_description_shortcode’);
function my_cat_description_shortcode($atts){

$a = shortcode_atts( array(
‘id’ => 0,
), $atts );

return category_description($a[‘id’]);

// End Added to create category description shortcode



To display Category Descriptions in Divi, you will need to edit functions.php

Step 5

Now you have your shortcode, within WordPress, Open Divi Theme Builder and select to edit the body template for All Category Pages

To show category description short code in Divi, we now need to edit your All Category Pages template.

Step 6

Now you visual editor will open. Just below your title, add a new section, select Regular, the select the row with one large column (should be first in top left) and then choose to add Text to it.

To show the category description short code in Divi, we now need to add a new text row under the title.

Step 7

At this stage, your Visual Editor text bow should now be open. In text area, add the following code :


and Save

Add the shortcode code to a text field within Divi to display the category description.

Step 8

When you save your Visual Editor, the category description will look to be missing. It is there but is just displaying as an empty field.

Close your Divi Visual Editor, and your category descriptions should now be showing

Category Descriptions now correctly display within in Divi Theme
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