I have a page called "Art" that can be viewed at /art. I also have a custom post type called "samples" with a post called "Art" inside of it. It SHOULD be viewed at /samples/art. For some reason, instead of having /samples/art as the URL, WordPress is forcing /samples/art-2.

The Art page and the Art post are two completely irrelevant pieces of data. Is there any way to let both of these entities exist with a clean URL?

  • Somewhere in your custom post type, there can be a draft or deleted post that had the slug art. I think that forced the Sample's post to get /samples/art-2. If that previous post can be deleted permanently, your desired slug for Sample's post can be acquired. Nov 22, 2013 at 2:27
  • Yah I thought that might be the case too, but there doesn't seem to be anything else. As a second test, I went to the page and changed it's slug to /artx and then I was able to make the art post type /samples/art. So it's definitely the page that is blocking the post type's slug.
    – CodeSmith
    Nov 22, 2013 at 2:49
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    Since a page and a CPT would generate the same permalink (under the right conditions) it doesn't surprise me that you are having trouble with this.
    – s_ha_dum
    Nov 22, 2013 at 4:27
  • Is your samples CPT hierarchical (and if it needs to be)? Try switching it not hierarchical.
    – Rarst
    Nov 22, 2013 at 10:40
  • Yes it is hierarchical; under Art I list some specific examples. This sounds like an extremely limiting design flaw in Wordpress.
    – CodeSmith
    Nov 22, 2013 at 10:56

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This is a known bug (or design flaw) that seems be getting some attention by the Wordpress team. Take a look at this discussion https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/18962 for more information. As of Wordpress 4.0 this is still an issue.

  • Thank you for finally clearing this up! Good to know they're actively working on a solution.
    – CodeSmith
    Oct 20, 2014 at 3:08

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