I seemingly to have a strange issue I have found in almost every other Wordpress site.

Suppose, you have set your Blog home to a static WP page /myhome. And you have a separate page for blog /blog.

Now, this works fine and should be:


But, for all other pages, e.g. /about-us, these links also work:


And show the content of the /about-us page.

My problem is that /about-us/page/2 should ideally redirect to /about-us (it's canonical URL) since there are no paginations in any other page except the /blog.

What am I missing there ? This seems to happen on almost all sites I have checked and is really frustrating from SEO point of view.

1 Answer 1


This is by design and intentional. WordPress rewrites have become increasingly complex over the years, and many plugins utilise the page endpoint for a page (usually with a template and custom query) - redirecting introduces a potential world of pain.

Long story short, it doesn't matter anyway. WordPress adds <link rel="canonical /> for pages, so no need to worry over duplicate content.

Update: For localised situations where you want to disregard the potential risks, this will canonicalize all page URLS - note that it does not check if a page is actually paginated (i.e. with the <!--nextpage--> quicktag) and will break this feature if you use it.

function wpse_199180_canonical_pages( $wp ) {
    if ( ! is_admin() && is_page() && isset( $wp->query_vars['paged'] ) ) {
        wp_redirect( get_permalink( get_queried_object() ), 301 );

add_action( 'wp', 'wpse_199180_canonical_pages' );
  • Oh, thanks. I know it's adding <link canonical> correctly. But, my client becomes angry when his homepage is opening from example.com/page/12345 and any number on that. Aug 21, 2015 at 7:40
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    For an isolated solution see my revised answer. Aug 21, 2015 at 9:38
  • Wow, that UPDATE answer works perfect. Can you please post your answer to my SO question here: stackoverflow.com/questions/32066407/… And I will reward the bounty to you. Aug 21, 2015 at 10:16

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