I'm looking for a way to prevent the default behaviour (when you have a static page set as the site homepage or 'frontpage' (in settings>reading>front page displays );

I want the domain.com/ page to point here (as it does), but if I made a page home, which would otherwise live at domain.com/home Wordpress automatically redirects to domain.com, and so there's no way of visiting and staying on domain.com/home.

Does anyone have a clue how/where to do this? I've tried investigating php $_SERVER variables and attempting to alter rewrite rules, but I don't find a rule therein that matches this situation reliably. (There is one rule to a page with the home page id, but then I cannot target this reliably (and I think it's actually routing domain.com/ -> domain.com/home.)

To reiterate (and perhaps clarify), how does one make the wordpress 'frontpage' available at the domain root (as is default and working), but also at the page's default permalink also...

  • Why is it so important for the page to be called /home!? You could try making a static page in the root folder /home/index.php if you really need it?
    – Bysander
    Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 11:37
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    please explain the reason for doing anything like that? why don't you just call your home page something else? Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 11:37
  • It doesn't matter what the home page is called. We've a specific use case where we need to be able to view the home page both at domain.com and domain.com/home but yet discern between the two for some functionality.
    – josh
    Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 12:57
  • I realise i could set up two home pages... home and home2 and achieve this by setting home2 as the frontpage, but that's not really maintainable
    – josh
    Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 12:58

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The redirect is thanks to redirect_canonical() - we can simply swoop in with a filter and disable it for the front page:

function wpse_184163_disable_canonical_front_page( $redirect ) {
    if ( is_page() && $front_page = get_option( 'page_on_front' ) ) {
        if ( is_page( $front_page ) )
            $redirect = false;

    return $redirect;

add_filter( 'redirect_canonical', 'wpse_184163_disable_canonical_front_page' );

Now you can access the front page at the root and by it's slug, no redirect.

  • Perfect! I knew there'd be a hook somewhere, but all my googlings didn't turn up anything. Thanks so much, works perfectly.
    – josh
    Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 16:25

If i have understood you correctly you just need your domain.com/home to display your homepage too? Just create this in a folder called home in the same folder as your /wp-content etc

Name it index.php

    header("Location: http://domain.com");
  • The problem is getting that without the URL changing (so domain.com/home is still displayed. I hadn't thought of this though... It doesn't achieve exactly what I'm after, but could be a good jump off point. Thanks
    – josh
    Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 12:52
  • I wouldn't really be sure how to do it without the url changing - unless perhaps you changed the header to just include and point it at your home.php ?
    – Bysander
    Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 13:17
  • Yeh, i was thinking of that. A query for the page that is front_page, and then set that as post and include should replicate everything. Only thing is if the page is called something other than 'home', which could be. It becomes untenable.
    – josh
    Commented Apr 14, 2015 at 13:46

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