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I am integrating the WorldPay hosted payment pages gateway to my WordPress installation and I am setting a notification URL in WorldPay to a route within WordPress.

The problem I am having is that WordPress automatically responds with a 404 error if you pass it a parameter called 'name', or any other reserved term as defined here: WordPress reserved Terms as WorldPay does.

I was wondering whether it is possible to change this default 404 response, I have tried using unset($_POST['name']) within my plugin code, but I assume that this is too late within the request lifecycle as it didn't alter the response. I would also prefer not to set my callback url to another script, which would then alter the $_POST array and pass it on to my plugin, if anyone can suggest a way I can achieve a 200 response without doing this?

edit: My question in a much easier to read format

Remote service X is sending a callback to my WordPress site of how do you handle that when WordPress uses name as a reserved term and the remote service wont change?

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Please show your complete code. From reading your question it is quite unclear what you are actually asking. – kaiser Mar 12 '14 at 13:28
My code is of no relevance unfortunately, as the post back to my website is initiated by WorldPay - I wish to be able to handle a post request that contains a parameter called 'name', if that is alittle more succint for you? – Keir Lavelle Mar 12 '14 at 13:46
I read it as: Remote service X is sending a callback to my WordPress site of how do you handle that when WordPress uses name as a reserved term and the remote service wont change? – Tom J Nowell Mar 12 '14 at 14:22
Yes that is perfect, very nicely put thank you. – Keir Lavelle Mar 12 '14 at 14:25

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It sounds as though WorldPay is responsible for sending the overly generic name parameter so you aren't in a position to control that. You will instead have to catch the request and force it to work. Something like:

function redir_404_wpse_137703() {
  if (is_404() && isset($_GET['name'])) {

some-theme-template.php will need to be constructed with get_header(), content, and get_footer() like normal custom templates.

The big problem I see is sorting out genuine 404s from WorldPay ones but there must be other parameters that would help sort that out.

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Thanks for this, and sorry for the lack of clarity in my initial question, but I would like to actually modify the HTTP status code that is returned, i.e. return a 200 response, as it is the http status code is what is causing WorldPay to disregard the response body – Keir Lavelle Mar 12 '14 at 14:14
You need WorldPay to request your page? – s_ha_dum Mar 12 '14 at 14:20
WorldPay sends a transaction notifcation to a URL I define in WorldPay, this notification is in the form of a POST request, one of the parameters of this POST request is 'name' which WordPress detects and automatically returns a 404 response. I would like to be able to bypass WordPress's detection of this parameter, or change the response if possible. – Keir Lavelle Mar 12 '14 at 14:22
Why not just use a subdomain for the World Pay Request and use a simple PHP script to manage the response and then move to the page you need with in wordpress? – Jane T Mar 12 '14 at 14:35

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