My site is using a short vanity URL. This is working across all of the custom theme pages. The only problem is when I logout in the admin it redirects to the long URL, which then 404s.

My General Settings (which I can't change) are:

WordPress address (URL): The long URL Site address (URL): The short URL

Looks like the logout link is generated from wp-includes/general-template.php, but I hate to edit core, non-theme, WordPress files.

Any ideas how to solve this logout 404 problem is greatly appreciated.

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The quickest way to do this is through an Apache rewrite via mod_rewrite. You'll also have to tell WordPress where to points its login links using the login_url and logout_url filters.

  return apply_filters('login_url', $login_url, $redirect);
  return apply_filters('logout_url', $logout_url, $redirect);
  • I'm confused as to what do to to Apache - do I add something to my htaccess file? The login link works fine, so do I only need to edit the logout link (which currently 404s)? I will add your example to my general-template.php file and edited it to include the logout URL. Is this correct: return apply_filters('logout_url', $logout_url, wp-login.php?loggedout=true);
    – Ryan
    Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 20:59
  • No that's not correct. Those apply_filters lines are what WordPress is executing. You'll want to add_filter via an add_filter('logout_url', 'function_name'); and have function_name look something like function_name($logout_url, $redirect) { return "http://new.login/link.html"; } or whatever works to alter the $logout_url. Do this in a "must use" plugin (background via hakre: hakre.wordpress.com/2010/05/01/must-use-and-drop-ins-plugins) or maybe via functions.php in your theme folder.
    – editor
    Commented Mar 15, 2011 at 21:53
  • Getting there - In my admin, in place of the log in/out buttons is the error "Missing argument 2 for logout_fix." I couldn't find a plugin from your URL so I added this code to functions.php: pastebin.com/QNPWTjs1
    – Ryan
    Commented Mar 16, 2011 at 23:04
  • You sure are getting your money's worth out of me. I see you keep accepting and unaccepting my answer to pump me for additional answers! When you add_filter, try using the 2 extra parameters in add_filter(). The first is the priority, set that to zero (highest). The second is the number of arguments, which is two. Maybe add_filter('logout_url', 'function_name', 0, 2);
    – editor
    Commented Mar 17, 2011 at 0:04
  • Sorry - I thought your answer would work but it didn't and I'm desperate :) Will mark once this is resolved I promise! OK, so the extra 2 params did change the logout URL. However, I'm not able to actually logout. If I try returning "domain.com/wp-login.php?action=logout" it asks me if I want to logout; clicking yes results in an endless "WordPress failure notice" loop. If I return "domain.com/wp-login.php?loggedout=true" nothing happens. What do I need to change the URL to to logout?
    – Ryan
    Commented Mar 17, 2011 at 23:19

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