Get Top Level Categories Only

<?php // remove opening php tag
// make sure we're only pulling top level categories
$categories = get_the_category();
$top_level_cat_obj = array();
foreach( $categories as $cat ) {
     if( $cat->parent == 0 ) {
          $top_level_cat_obj[] = $cat;
// get first item from array
$top_level_cat_obj = $top_level_cat_obj[0];

About Matt Whiteley

Matt has been building bespoke WordPress websites for over 10 years specializing in the Genesis Framework. He integrates Advanced Custom Fields heavily in all builds, especially with the new Gutenberg Block Editor, allowing clients to easily modify all aspects of the their website with ease.

He works with a wide variety of small businesses and agencies across the country providing development services as well as hosting and maintenance. When he isn't coding he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, golfing and playing poker.