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I'm trying to build a multimedia aggregation website with 6 different custom post types and I would like each post type to have 12 categories, the same 12 category labels that the other 5 have, only I would like each to have its own archive, not to share category archives with the others.

Here is a link to the website in its current form:

http://www.collectivelyconscious.net/test2 (check navigation to see categories)

A simplified structure of the website is as follows:

1. root/  
  A. news/  
    i. politics/  
    ii. economics/  
    iii. health/  

...etc.

  B. videos/  
    i. politics/  
    ii. economics/  
    iii. health/  

...etc.

  C. documentaries/  
    i. politics/  
    ii. economics/  
    iii. health/

...etc.

So what I want is for people to be able to click on a category tag, say "Political", for news and have the archive show only the recent news posts that have been sorted into the category "Political" with the URL preferably in the following format:

root/news/political/

Or if that is not possible then for them at least to be found at:

root/category/political-news/

I have been messing around with the plugin Custom Post Type UI and if I add either the normal tags or normal categories they use the same categories/tags of course and feed into a single archive. So then I tried creating custom taxonomies but (1) am forced to change the taxonomy slug for each custom post type, (2) I am unable to find the archive page for custom post type posts in custom taxonomies, and (3) it is acting really buggy for some reason.

I have no idea where to go from here... Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Okay I couldn't figure this out and no one will answer my question anywhere so I have given custom taxonomies for each custom post type the slug of "(taxonomy)-archives" and each term the slug of "(term)-(taxonomy)". Custom post type slugs are just (taxonomy) with out the -archives suffix. An example of this for the "videos" custom post type is that the custom post type slug is just "videos", the custom taxonomy slug for that custom post type is "videos-archives" and the term slug for the category "Political" is "political-videos". This isn't clean but it solves the problem. –  Satyapriya Jan 6 at 17:57

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