I have a custom post type called "locations".

I have a location called "starbucks". I can view this by going to "/location/starbucks".

I would like to add "coffee-shop" to the URL, so the path "/location/coffee-shop/starbucks" will load the "starbucks" page, while maintaining the URL in the browser.

i have added this code to my functions.php

function add_rewrite_rules()

add_action('init', 'add_rewrite_rules');

Which correctly loads the "starbucks" page, but it changes the URL to "/location/starbucks".

How can I load the "starbucks" page, and keep my custom URL?

  • Try location=$matches[2], not pagename. Jun 7, 2014 at 10:20
  • @TheDeadMedic that loaded the homepage.
    – Corey
    Jun 7, 2014 at 10:23
  • Whoops, try locations instead (note the plural). Jun 7, 2014 at 10:24
  • Yes, that did it. Thanks! Please add your comment as an answer, and I'll accept it.
    – Corey
    Jun 7, 2014 at 10:29
  • Nice one. Will do. Jun 7, 2014 at 10:33

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In your rewrite rule, pagename should in fact be the query_var of your custom post type. Unless you used query_var => 'something_else' in your register_post_type arguments, it'll be the same name as your custom post type:


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