I have created a plugin and i have gotten rewrite rules to work using my .htaccess file. I would like to make this work from my plugin instead to keep everything contained from within there.

Im trying to do this via the wordpress rewrite but nothing i do it working with this. I have even tried a basic rewrite and it wont work either. readme.html is a page in the root directory. I simply want testpage to display this page. The other rules i have in my .htaccess are far more complicated than this so, if i cant get this one to work i have no hope with the complicated ones.

    add_action('init', 'add_actor_url');
    function add_actor_url()
  • Your code works perfectly fine for me. (Although I would advise against flushing rules on every call.) Maybe try vardumping something in that function to see if it get's called. Commented Jul 29, 2015 at 10:25
  • If i go to the main menu and go to permalink settings and just save them without making a change i can see these rules are getting written to the .htaccess file. Is there a way to know if these rules exist and only apply/flush them if this happens? Commented Jul 29, 2015 at 10:55

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You need to flush rewrite rules after adding or modifying rewrite rules in WordPress.

flush_rewrite_rules() can be used to flush rules.

For more info check these links :

https://codex.wordpress.org/Rewrite_API/add_rewrite_rule https://codex.wordpress.org/Function_Reference/flush_rewrite_rules

  • This didnt work, but you are on the right road. I went to the admin panel and in the permalinks menu i just clicked save. This made all of the rules write to the .htaccess file Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 15:02

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