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Things are working the way they are supposed to, and possibly the only way they can work. Let me explain. Without an Apache module called mod_rewrite (or the equivalent Nginx or IIS component) requests to PHP pages have to go to an actual filesystem file. That is what you see with requests like The file being accessed is the ...


I have run into the same issue that using $wp_query->set_404(); would properly adjust the global object but not return the 404 template. So in the plugin I was writing I used the tried and tested method: add_filter( 'template_include', 'wp_139917_force_404' ); function wp_139917_force_404(){ global $wp_query; $wp_query->set_404(); ...

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