I'm trying to separate the main part of my blog (the informational portion) from more commercial parts.

WHen you load my homepage, I purposely exclude a category because I don't want my normal readers to be bothered with affiliate links and such.

I'd like to add a subdirectory /reviews/ for example, that loops through the reviews category and displays them all on one page, just like how the category template works.

There are 2 reasons I don't want to use the category template:

1) I have my SEO settings to block indexing on my category template 2) The /category/ in the permalinks is ugly to me.

Is it possible to accomplish domain.com/reviews/ where it functions just like the category template? Am I stuck with manually building a page? Or am I stuck with domain.com/category/reviews ?

I have looked into building a "network" with Wordpress MU, but it says I can't do that anymore since my blog is >1 month old. Plus it's kinda technical.

I basically want to add more blogs to my site (to keep everything nicely separated), so I am trying to figure out a workaround by just excluding/including certain categories where I want them.

Am I making sense? Haha thanks to all who take the time out of their day to reply :)


You can create a separate category template for just that one category. If your category's slug is reviews you can make a copy of your category template and save it as category-reviews.php.

See the Category Templates page on Codex for more info about the template hierarchy.

This still leaves you with the /category/ part in the permalink, which you can either change to something else globally in the permalink settings, or you can maybe create a custom rewrite rule just for that category.

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    @John: If it answered your question, please accept the answer. – wyrfel Mar 5 '11 at 17:31

Yes... custom rewrite rule is the way to go! Check this out Is there a PHP function that can match anything after the given URL, so my IF statement will work in each instance?... You'll get a way to write new URL rewrite rule as per your need.

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