I have made some custom post types with Magicfields. I need to set the parent page for a custom post type to a standard wordpress page. Figured that out with the help of this: http://janina.tumblr.com/post/3588081423/post-parent-different-type

But now the parent page and it's parent is being added to the permalink and the view page or the new URL is returning a 404.


  • Custom Post Type Products light and post x-rays
  • Set Parent of x-rays Product Page to waves Page which is a standard WP Page and has a parent of science
  • this creates this URL site.com/light/science/waves/x-rays - this breaks
  • without a parent for x-rays, the URL is site.com/light/x-rays
  • with the cross post type parent - the science/waves is added and view page gives 404, but if I removed the /science/waves from the URL, the site.com/light/x-rays works.

So it seems the permalink structure doesn't know how to go from one post type to another. Which makes the get_permalink function not work, which causes all kinds of headaches.

Suggestions, questions?

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I think that you need only to change the way get_permalink create url for the cpt, ignoring the parent.

You can do it adding a filter to 'post_type_link' hook and then regenerate the permalink for the product cpt in the same way is done in core, just ignoring the parent:

add_filter('post_type_link', 'reset_light_link', 999, 3);

function reset_light_link( $post_link, $post, $leavename ) {
  if ( $post->post_type != 'light' || in_array($post->post_status, array('draft','pending','auto-draft')) ) return $post_link;
  global $wp_rewrite;
  $post_link = $wp_rewrite->get_extra_permastruct($post->post_type);
  if ( ! $leavename ) $post_link = str_replace("%$post->post_type%", $post->post_name, $post_link);
  return home_url( user_trailingslashit($post_link) );

The code for reset_light_link function is just a modded version of get_post_permalink, the function used in core to generate the permalink (and that fires the 'post_type_link' hook) when get_permalink is called for a cpt.

Here the code for that function.

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