How can I make a taxonomy term have a custom permalink? (on a term basis, e.g. /anything/here for a taxonomy called food and a term called burrito)

I don't think there's much more to explain so, my ideas are:

  • pre_get_posts, $_SERVER to detect url saved against an options table.
  • Register hidden post type that matches each term id. Still how to create custom nested permalinks?

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I've done something similar to what you are after here, but I was simply filtering by a meta key.

add_action('init', 'add_custom_meta_url');
function add_custom_meta_url() {
    global $wp,$wp_rewrite;
    $wp_rewrite->flush_rules(false); // This should really be done in a plugin activation

And then apply this to the index query through query vars (you'd have to target the taxonomy values instead of the custom meta and adjust the compare to =):

add_action('parse_query', 'apply_custom_meta_to_query');
function apply_custom_meta_to_query(&$query) {
    if (isset($query->query['food'])) {
        $query->query_vars['meta_key'] = 'food';
        $query->query_vars['meta_value'] = $query->query['food'];
        $query->query_vars['meta_compare'] = 'LIKE';

There could be more efficient ways to do this, but keep looking at wp_rewrite, as that's the WordPress way to handle pretty URLs rather than try to hack into the flow of things.

Good luck!


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