I use cookies to determine which menu I should use on my website. This is working fine, but I want to force the correct one if someone views the URL directly instead of via the URL with a query string (which gets redirected).

In other words, the URL www.yourdomain.com/?region=UAE gets redirected to www.yourdomain.com/uae/ and I want to be able to show the same result when a new visitor (with no cookies) clicks on a direct link to: www.yourdomain.com/uae/

I can't use a hook for the init as I'm using the is_page() function.

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'pstv_set_uae_cookie');
function pstv_set_uae_cookie() {
    // Set cookie if on UAE Home Page & redirect back
    if (is_page('uae') && $_COOKIE_['region'] !== "UAE") {
        $expire = time()+60*60*24*30;
        setcookie("region", "UAE", $expire, '/', '.domain.com');
        wp_redirect( 'http://domain.com/uae/' ); 

I'm getting the following error in firefox:

The page isn't redirecting properly Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete. This problem can sometimes be caused by disabling or refusing to accept cookies.

I know the redirect needs to happen before anything is output, but I can't access is_page until the wp functions are initialised.

Can anyone suggest a work-around? TIA

  • 1
    $_COOKIE_['region'] should be $_COOKIE['region'] is it a typo? After that: 1) is_page is available from pre_get_posts action; 2) after wp_redirect() always die() or exit. But, all that aside, http://domain.com/uae/ is a page link? It seems so. So when you go to that url, already are in that page, why redirect again? Is possible this is the cause of your endless redirect? – gmazzap Aug 28 '13 at 6:59
  • Thanks - it was a typo! :( I'll try again. It is a page link, but it only redirects if the cookie is not set to UAE – TomC Aug 28 '13 at 7:04

You need to separate the redirect function from the setcookie function

For setcookie function use add_action('wp', 'your_cookies_function_name',10,1) Note that it's recommended to use wp and not init because is_page will not work with init

And for the redirect function:

function your_redirect_function_name()
        if(is_page('uae') && $_COOKIE_['region'] !== "UAE"){
add_action( 'template_redirect', 'your_redirect_function_name',9 );

For more information navigate to this page How to setcookie if is_page('page') ? should I use add_action('init') or there is another action?

I had same problem and I fix it my self

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