How do I return the cat_name value instead of array with PHP?

I did some digging and I understand that the array means there are multiple values coming back from my query. From another post I found print_r so I could see the values. How do I return one of the values though?



    $category = get_the_category();
    $parent = get_cat_name($category[0]->category_parent);
    $cat_name = get_the_category($category[cat_name]);
    echo 'category' . $category . '<br />';
    echo 'parent: ' . $parent . '<br />';
    echo 'Cat Name: ' . $cat_name . '<br />';

    print_r ($cat_name);


Returns this:

parent: Location
Cat Name: Array
Array ( [0] => stdClass Object ( [term_id] => 11 [name] => nashville [slug] => nashville [term_group] => 0 [term_taxonomy_id] => 11 [taxonomy] => category [description] => [parent] => 8 [count] => 1 [object_id] => 20 [cat_ID] => 11 [category_count] => 1 [category_description] => [cat_name] => nashville [category_nicename] => nashville [category_parent] => 8 ) )

How do I make $cat_name return nashville? cat_name = nashville according to the print_r function. This is a wordpress site if that makes a difference, but I am guessing this is a simple coding question.


You're actually dealing with an object there, which is the first element in an array.

Note it says Array ( [0] => stdClass Object (

Use the square brace syntax to access array members


And the arrow for objects properties


So in this case,


is 'nashville'.

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