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WordPress Get Category ID from Slug

Quick WordPress snippet for getting the category ID from the category slug.

Don’t blink or you’ll miss it:

$slug = 'docs';
$cat = get_category_by_slug($slug); 
$catID = $cat->term_id;

Here we pass the $slug to WordPress’ get_category_by_slug() function. That gives us an object of useful category data, including the ID, which we then call directly:

$catID = $cat->term_id;

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