I need to change the rewrite-slug of the built in post-type 'post' to 'example.com/magazine/news/any-nice-news-item'.

When I re-register the post-type 'post' and set the rewrite-slug to 'magazine/news' it works fine. But now I'm not sure about any side-effects. Does anybody have any positive or negative experience with that?

Here is the code:

register_post_type( 'post', array(
    'labels' => array(
        'name_admin_bar' => _x( 'Post', 'add new on admin bar' ),
    'public'  => true,
    /* internal use only. don't use this when registering your own post type. */
    '_edit_link' => 'post.php?post=%d', /* internal use only. don't use this when registering your own post type. */
    'capability_type' => 'post',
    'map_meta_cap' => true,
    'hierarchical' => false,
    'rewrite' => array('slug' => 'magazine/news'),
    'query_var' => false,
    'delete_with_user' => true,
    'supports' => array( 'title', 'editor', 'author', 'thumbnail', 'excerpt', 'trackbacks', 'custom-fields', 'comments', 'revisions', 'post-formats' ),
) );
  • What the propose of re-register post type post ? Oct 30, 2013 at 19:50

3 Answers 3


You do not need to re register post type.

Symply go in you backend, Settings > Permalinks and set the permalink structure to a custom one: /magazine/news/%postname%/ then save changes.

See image below:

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  • 3
    Thanks for your suggestions. I already tried that. But unfortunately it also changed the url-base for the single-views of all custom post-types. Nov 1, 2013 at 15:54
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    @MatthiasLohscheidt - that is controlled by the with_front argument when a custom post type is registered. it should be set to false to not add the post post type's prefix.
    – Milo
    May 10, 2014 at 16:57
  • @Milo – good to know. I'll try that next time. Thanks! May 12, 2014 at 19:11

I wouldn't recommend reregistering the 'posts' post-type. Modifying _builtins can be a headache.

It may be best to simply change the "category Permalink" under Settings > Permalinks to:


Or to create a subcategory named "news" with a parent category named "magazine", and use something like the "WP Htaccess Control" plugin to strip out the "category/" portion of the slug from posts.

  • Thanks Courtney! Probably you're right, it's better to leave the built-ins unmodified. The idea with the subcategory sounds interesting. But in the end I just created a new custom post-type called 'news' with a rewrite-slug of 'magazine/news'. I think that's a clean way to do it. Nov 1, 2013 at 16:04

The options above re-write every URL to be under that slug. You need to hook in with the registered_post_type to adjust it "solely" for the 'post' post type.

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