I'm using Wordpress 4.1.1. I have come across a problem with my website archives. If I set the permalinks to default I can click on a category and then click on the date on the sidebar within this category and it displays results for that month. This is the permalink:


However if I change the permalinks to Post Name I get this structure:


but I don't arrive at the page. It just times out. I don't even get re-direct to a 404 page. I get page with this message:

The page isn't redirecting properly Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.

Have I set up my permalink structure incorrectly? Or is this some other issue?


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A canonical redirect:

The GET parameter m can trigger a canonical redirect when permalinks are used.

The canonical redirects are activated with the following hook:

add_action('template_redirect', 'redirect_canonical');

where redirect_canonical() is a rather complicated function.

Here's the skeleton of the part that's active within this "monster" callback:

// ... cut ...

if ( is_404() ) {

    // ... cut ...

} elseif ( is_object($wp_rewrite) && $wp_rewrite->using_permalinks() ) {

   if( ... ) {

      // ... cut ...

    } elseif ( !empty($_GET['m']) && ( is_year() || is_month() || is_day() ) ) {

        // --> We are here <---  ;-)

    } elseif( ... ) {

    // ... cut ...


// ... cut ...

where $_GET['m'] is non-empty.

In your case when $m has the YYYYMM format, is_month() is also true and we get the following redirect:

$redirect_url = get_month_link( substr($m, 0, 4), substr($m, 4, 2) );

so we should be redirected from:




A possible workaround would by to use instead:


to avoid the canonical redirect process.

You should also try this on a vanilla install: default theme and no plugins to avoid your infinite redirect loop problem.

  • Thank you for explaining that to me. What do I do with the example.tld/2015/03/?cat=16 ?
    – MrFox
    Mar 18, 2015 at 16:44
  • This was just an example you one could filter the posts by both date and category, without the canonical redirection. I don't think your click-combination will work by default for permalinks. I tried it on the default theme, but didn't succeed with the permalinks off. One would need to handle this with somekind of GET parameters collector for the links. @Gennie
    – birgire
    Mar 18, 2015 at 17:21
  • ps: I meant to write in the above comment: "you one could" as "how one could" ;-)
    – birgire
    Mar 18, 2015 at 17:30
  • Well, I gave up and I've created a new sidebar for category archive pages which does not display the monthly archive widget.
    – MrFox
    Mar 19, 2015 at 14:54

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