I've contacted the theme developer but never got a response back... I'm also curious to see if anyone else has done this with any theme.

To give you a live example:

  1. http://demo.powerthemes.club/themes/couponxl/search-page/location/alabama/ , provides viewers deals/offers in the location taxonomy Alabama.

  2. However, web crawlers, etc, can view - http://demo.powerthemes.club/themes/couponxl/location/alabama/ , which looks like a Blog post.

Is there a way to make it so that people viewing a custom taxonomy archive get redirected to the homepage? or, even better, to the actual search page? Do I perhaps have to create a custom archive-template?


  • You don't want anyone to see the archive pages? – s_ha_dum Jun 11 '15 at 17:41
  • No, because the archive displays duplicated deals/offers, uses the blog template, and displays expired deals/offers; which is something I didn't want. I posted the solution below :) – Mike Jun 11 '15 at 19:22

I added this to my child-theme's functions.php file and it works 100%

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'redirect_archive' );
function redirect_archive() {
    if ( is_tax('location') ) {
        $termurl = get_query_var( 'term' );
        wp_redirect( home_url('/search/location/'.$termurl), 301 );
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