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I am rewriting a Wordpress site and plan to turn part of it into an angular app.

The site has a bunch of sub-pages of the form /recommendations/xxxxx, and need to maintain these URLs for SEO purposes. But I want all these routes to return the /recommendations parent page whie keeping the rest of the URL present for Angular to process.

I think I need to use add_rewrite_rule but have got stuck, and the following does not work. I need wordpress to show the recommendations page even if there is an extra url-part subsequently.

function recommendations_rewrite() {
  add_rewrite_rule('^recommendations\/(.*)\/?', 'recommendations/', 'top');
}
add_action('init', 'recommendations_rewrite');

That said, this may be entirely wrong as I fear this will end up leading to URL rewrites, which is not what I want.

  • This question on StackOverflow may help you. – cybmeta Jul 4 '15 at 7:19
  • I realise now that .htaccess cannot be the way forward and have rewritten the question to focus on wordpress hooks. Sorry for the confusion – Simon H Jul 4 '15 at 8:08
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No, you are on the right track as far as the add_rewrite_rule function is concerned. The generated rewrite rule doesn't send a 303 header.

The problem, in this case, is with your code which can be fixed easily.

On this line:

add_rewrite_rule('^recommendations\/(.*)\/?', 'recommendations/', 'top');

you are making WordPress to output a modified, custom .htaccess file with a nasty rewrite rule like this:

RewriteRule ^^recommendations\/(.*)\/? /recommendations/ [QSA,L]

This not only is ugly RegEx (you get a double beginning of line marker -- ^^) but the generated rule is broken because instead of the second ^ you should have /.

The solution is simple and it requires to locate the ID of the recommendations page / post which you would then use in the add_rewrite_rule function like so:

add_rewrite_rule( '^recommendations\/(.*)\/?', "index.php?page_id={$page_id}", 'top' );

where the {$page_id} variable statement in the example should be the said ID. By the way, the add_rewrite_rule function is presented on the WordPress Codex page.

After flushing the rewrite rules WordPress would serve an URL like:

http://www.example.com/recommendations/this/is/my/recommendation/

with the content of

http://www.example.com/recommendations/
  • Hm, for some reason this doesn't work for me. I am using ` "index.php?page_id={2}"` and I know that page with id 2 exists and the action is executed, what can be the reason ? – gdfgdfg Feb 13 '19 at 18:18
  • @gdfgdfg you need to write "index.php?page_id=2" - remove the {} brackets then it should work – Adrian Oct 9 '19 at 6:49

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