It seems that all web resources based on the subject of removing a custom post type slug ie


are now very outdated solutions often referencing pre WP version 3.5 installs. A common one is to:

'rewrite'   => array( 'slug' => false, 'with_front' => false ),  

within your register_post_type function. This no longer works and is misleading. So I ask the community in Q3 2018 at the brink of WordPress 5...

What are the modern and efficient ways to remove the Post Type Slug from a Custom Post Type post's URL from within the rewrite argument or anywhere else?

UPDATE: There seems to be several ways to force this to work with regex. Specifically the answer from Jan Beck should you be consistently willing to monitor content creation to ensure no conflicting page/post names are created.... However I'm convinced that this is a major weakness in WP core where it should be handled for us. Both as an option/hook when creating a CPT or an advanced set of options for permalinks. Please support the track ticket.

Footnote: Please support this trac ticket by watching/promoting it: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/34136#ticket

  • I guess I'm scratching my head as to why you would want to do that? Confused. – Michael Ecklund May 29 '17 at 15:22
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    @MichaelEcklund because any CPT that is used to create public facing web pages has a forced slug name in the URL. There is actually a lot of wp devs looking to remove the slug safely. – Ben Racicot Jul 18 '17 at 0:11

11 Answers 11


The following code will work, but you just have to keep in mind that conflicts can happen easily if the slug for your custom post type is the same as a page or post's slug...

First, we will remove the slug from the permalink:

function na_remove_slug( $post_link, $post, $leavename ) {

    if ( 'events' != $post->post_type || 'publish' != $post->post_status ) {
        return $post_link;

    $post_link = str_replace( '/' . $post->post_type . '/', '/', $post_link );

    return $post_link;
add_filter( 'post_type_link', 'na_remove_slug', 10, 3 );

Just removing the slug isn't enough. Right now, you'll get a 404 page because WordPress only expects posts and pages to behave this way. You'll also need to add the following:

function na_parse_request( $query ) {

    if ( ! $query->is_main_query() || 2 != count( $query->query ) || ! isset( $query->query['page'] ) ) {

    if ( ! empty( $query->query['name'] ) ) {
        $query->set( 'post_type', array( 'post', 'events', 'page' ) );
add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'na_parse_request' );

Just change "events" to your custom post type and you're good to go. You may need to refresh your permalinks.

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    can you please update, how to use this code for multiple post types – Abin Jan 25 '16 at 11:29
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    It fails with nginx because the condition 2 != count( $query->query ). With nginx, you can have $query->query as array('page' => '', 'name' => '...', 'q' => '...'). So @NateAllen, what is the meaning of that condition? – Fabio Montefuscolo Nov 8 '16 at 12:25
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    We need something better than this. Support to remove the slug built in so that we cannot create conflicting URLs later on. The way regular posts and pages create their URLs. – Ben Racicot Jul 18 '17 at 0:13
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    Is it just me or does this break some wordpress conditional tags like is_single() and is_singular()? – rob-gordon Jul 18 '17 at 18:53
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    This solution unfortunately caused some broken links and my blog stopped showing posts and was just a normal page. See a better solution below by Matt Keys. – Radley Sustaire Oct 8 '18 at 0:10

Write following code into the taxonomy registration.

'rewrite' => [
  'slug' => '/',
  'with_front' => false

Most important thing that you have to do after code changing

After you’ve altered your custom post type taxonomy document, try to go to Settings > Permalinks and re-save your settings, else you will get 404 page not found.

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  • This actually works, i don't know how no one noticed this before. Of course this can interfere with other pages if they have same permalink, but if not this is a great solution. – Aleksandar Đorđević Jul 31 '17 at 17:33
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    Tried this out. It gives the desired result for my custom post type links. However it 'catches' all POST or PAGE post type slugs and tries to resolve them as a URL for my custom post type, then 404s. (yes I've saved permalinks). – Matt Keys Oct 5 '17 at 20:49
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    This doesn't work. Gives 404 even when you've updated permalinks. – Christine Cooper Nov 12 '17 at 18:02
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    Again, even after re-saving the permalink settings, posts and pages no longer work (404) – amklose Feb 13 '18 at 19:18
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    This solution works for removing the slug from URL. But the archive pages don't work anymore. – Annapurna Sep 25 '18 at 4:42

I tried to figure this out not long ago and the short answer from what I know is no. Not from within the rewrite argument at least.

The long explanation becomes apparent if you look at the actual code of register_post_type in wp-includes/post.php line 1454:

add_permastruct( $post_type, "{$args->rewrite['slug']}/%$post_type%", $permastruct_args );

You can see it prefixes $args->rewrite['slug'] to the %$post_type% rewrite tag. One could think "let's just set the slug to null then" until you look a few lines up:

if ( empty( $args->rewrite['slug'] ) )
    $args->rewrite['slug'] = $post_type;

You can see that the function always expects a slug value that is not empty and otherwise uses the post type.

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  • Thanks @JanBeck . Is there a major reason for this to exist? Why not hack this core file with a conditional to omit certain post types from this rule? – Ben Racicot Sep 30 '15 at 18:02
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    You should award the answer to Jan Beck. WordPress needs the post_type slug to route requests properly. This rule prevents naming conflicts between native WP pages (which render without the slug) and any custom defined post types. If you hack the slug out then WordPress won't know the difference between a page named "picnic" and an event (custom post type) named "picnic". – dswebsme Sep 30 '15 at 19:34
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    @dswebsme Agreed, but there are situations where you absolutely must change the URL. So other than why you can't natively and shouldn't, how do you do so efficiently? – Ben Racicot Oct 1 '15 at 13:27

Looking through the answers here I think there is room for a better solution that combines some things I learned above and adds auto-detection and prevention of duplicate post slugs.

NOTE: Make sure you change 'custom_post_type' for your own CPT name throughout my example below. There are many occurrences, and a 'find/replace' is an easy way to catch them all. All of this code can go in your functions.php or in a plugin.

Step 1: Disable rewrites on your custom post type by setting rewrites to 'false' when you register the post:

register_post_type( 'custom_post_type',
        'rewrite' => false

Step 2: Manually add our custom rewrites to the bottom of the WordPress rewrites for our custom_post_type

function custom_post_type_rewrites() {
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/attachment/([^/]+)/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/attachment/([^/]+)/trackback/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&tb=1', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/attachment/([^/]+)/feed/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom)/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&feed=$matches[2]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/attachment/([^/]+)/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom)/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&feed=$matches[2]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/attachment/([^/]+)/comment-page-([0-9]{1,})/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&cpage=$matches[2]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/attachment/([^/]+)/embed/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&embed=true', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '([^/]+)/embed/?$', 'index.php?custom_post_type=$matches[1]&embed=true', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '([^/]+)/trackback/?$', 'index.php?custom_post_type=$matches[1]&tb=1', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '([^/]+)/page/?([0-9]{1,})/?$', 'index.php?custom_post_type=$matches[1]&paged=$matches[2]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '([^/]+)/comment-page-([0-9]{1,})/?$', 'index.php?custom_post_type=$matches[1]&cpage=$matches[2]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '([^/]+)(?:/([0-9]+))?/?$', 'index.php?custom_post_type=$matches[1]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/([^/]+)/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/([^/]+)/trackback/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&tb=1', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/([^/]+)/feed/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom)/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&feed=$matches[2]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/([^/]+)/(feed|rdf|rss|rss2|atom)/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&feed=$matches[2]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/([^/]+)/comment-page-([0-9]{1,})/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&cpage=$matches[2]', 'bottom');
    add_rewrite_rule( '[^/]+/([^/]+)/embed/?$', 'index.php?attachment=$matches[1]&embed=true', 'bottom');
add_action( 'init', 'custom_post_type_rewrites' );

NOTE: Depending on your needs, you may want to modify the above rewrites (disable trackbacks? feeds?, etc). These represent the 'default' types of rewrites that would have been generated if you didn't disable rewrites in step 1

Step 3: Make permalinks to your custom post type 'pretty' again

function custom_post_type_permalinks( $post_link, $post, $leavename ) {
    if ( isset( $post->post_type ) && 'custom_post_type' == $post->post_type ) {
        $post_link = home_url( $post->post_name );

    return $post_link;
add_filter( 'post_type_link', 'custom_post_type_permalinks', 10, 3 );

NOTE: You can stop here if you are not worried about your users creating a conflicting (duplicate) post in another post type that will create a situation where only one of them can load when the page is requested.

Step 4: Prevent duplicate post slugs

function prevent_slug_duplicates( $slug, $post_ID, $post_status, $post_type, $post_parent, $original_slug ) {
    $check_post_types = array(

    if ( ! in_array( $post_type, $check_post_types ) ) {
        return $slug;

    if ( 'custom_post_type' == $post_type ) {
        // Saving a custom_post_type post, check for duplicates in POST or PAGE post types
        $post_match = get_page_by_path( $slug, 'OBJECT', 'post' );
        $page_match = get_page_by_path( $slug, 'OBJECT', 'page' );

        if ( $post_match || $page_match ) {
            $slug .= '-duplicate';
    } else {
        // Saving a POST or PAGE, check for duplicates in custom_post_type post type
        $custom_post_type_match = get_page_by_path( $slug, 'OBJECT', 'custom_post_type' );

        if ( $custom_post_type_match ) {
            $slug .= '-duplicate';

    return $slug;
add_filter( 'wp_unique_post_slug', 'prevent_slug_duplicates', 10, 6 );

NOTE: This will append the string '-duplicate' to the end of any duplicate slugs. This code cannot prevent duplicate slugs if they already exist prior to implementing this solution. Be sure to check for duplicates first.

I would love to hear back from anyone else who gives this a go to see if it worked well for them as also.

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  • Just tested it and it seems like it is working so far. – Christine Cooper Nov 12 '17 at 18:02
  • Was hopeful for this approach, but gives me a 404 on my CPT posts, even after resaving the Permalinks. – Garconis Aug 7 '18 at 18:32
  • Sorry it didn't work for you Garconis. I had been talking with someone else about this a while back and they were also having problems with it on their site. I seem to remember that it mattered if your blog posts permalinks have a prefix on them. On the site I developed this for the blog posts are using permalink structure: /blog/%postname%/. If you do not have a prefix on your blog posts, and it is acceptable that you do, try it out and let me know how it goes! – Matt Keys Aug 7 '18 at 20:54
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    This worked for me. Unlike other solutions on the page, it didn't break normal pages or the blog layout, and didn't cause infinite redirects. It even shows the correct URL in the "Permalink" area when editing those cpt pages. Pretty good solution here, only caveat is that the archive page doesn't work. REMEMBER to swap out "custom_post_type" and refresh your permalinks afterwards. – Radley Sustaire Oct 8 '18 at 0:08
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    @MattKeys, the default Permalink Settings have a Custom Structure of /%category%/%postname%/. When adding your code, the CPT slugs look OK (although are missing the trailing slash) ... and the conflict checker works too. But the actual post results on a 404. – Garconis Jul 3 '19 at 14:39

In response to my previous answer: you could of course set the rewrite parameter to false when registering a new post type and handle the rewrite rules yourself like so

function wpsx203951_custom_init() {

    $post_type = 'event';
    $args = (object) array(
        'public'      => true,
        'label'       => 'Events',
        'rewrite'     => false, // always set this to false
        'has_archive' => true
    register_post_type( $post_type, $args );

    // these are your actual rewrite arguments
    $args->rewrite = array(
        'slug' => 'calendar'

    // everything what follows is from the register_post_type function
    if ( is_admin() || '' != get_option( 'permalink_structure' ) ) {

        if ( ! is_array( $args->rewrite ) )
            $args->rewrite = array();
        if ( empty( $args->rewrite['slug'] ) )
            $args->rewrite['slug'] = $post_type;
        if ( ! isset( $args->rewrite['with_front'] ) )
            $args->rewrite['with_front'] = true;
        if ( ! isset( $args->rewrite['pages'] ) )
            $args->rewrite['pages'] = true;
        if ( ! isset( $args->rewrite['feeds'] ) || ! $args->has_archive )
            $args->rewrite['feeds'] = (bool) $args->has_archive;
        if ( ! isset( $args->rewrite['ep_mask'] ) ) {
            if ( isset( $args->permalink_epmask ) )
                $args->rewrite['ep_mask'] = $args->permalink_epmask;
                $args->rewrite['ep_mask'] = EP_PERMALINK;

        if ( $args->hierarchical )
            add_rewrite_tag( "%$post_type%", '(.+?)', $args->query_var ? "{$args->query_var}=" : "post_type=$post_type&pagename=" );
            add_rewrite_tag( "%$post_type%", '([^/]+)', $args->query_var ? "{$args->query_var}=" : "post_type=$post_type&name=" );

        if ( $args->has_archive ) {
            $archive_slug = $args->has_archive === true ? $args->rewrite['slug'] : $args->has_archive;
            if ( $args->rewrite['with_front'] )
                $archive_slug = substr( $wp_rewrite->front, 1 ) . $archive_slug;
                $archive_slug = $wp_rewrite->root . $archive_slug;

            add_rewrite_rule( "{$archive_slug}/?$", "index.php?post_type=$post_type", 'top' );
            if ( $args->rewrite['feeds'] && $wp_rewrite->feeds ) {
                $feeds = '(' . trim( implode( '|', $wp_rewrite->feeds ) ) . ')';
                add_rewrite_rule( "{$archive_slug}/feed/$feeds/?$", "index.php?post_type=$post_type" . '&feed=$matches[1]', 'top' );
                add_rewrite_rule( "{$archive_slug}/$feeds/?$", "index.php?post_type=$post_type" . '&feed=$matches[1]', 'top' );
            if ( $args->rewrite['pages'] )
                add_rewrite_rule( "{$archive_slug}/{$wp_rewrite->pagination_base}/([0-9]{1,})/?$", "index.php?post_type=$post_type" . '&paged=$matches[1]', 'top' );

        $permastruct_args = $args->rewrite;
        $permastruct_args['feed'] = $permastruct_args['feeds'];
        add_permastruct( $post_type, "%$post_type%", $permastruct_args );
add_action( 'init', 'wpsx203951_custom_init' );

You can see the add_permastruct call now doesn't include the slug anymore. I tested two scenarios:

  1. When I created a page with the slug "calendar" that page is overwritten by the post type archive which also uses the "calendar" slug.

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  1. When I created a page with the slug "my-event" and an event (CPT) with the slug "my-event", the custom post type is displayed.

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  1. Any other pages do not work either. If you look at the picture above it becomes clear why: the custom post type rule will always match against a page slug. Because WordPress has no way of identifying if it's a page or a custom post type that does not exist, it will return 404. That's why you need a slug to identify either the page or CPT. A possible solution would be to intercept the error and look for a page that might exist similar to this answer.
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  • So if the goal is to remove the slug for CPT's couldn't we name the CPT something unique that wouldn't collide since it will never be seen in the URL anyways? Or is the post-name the possible conflict if named the same as a page? – Ben Racicot Oct 2 '15 at 14:35
  • I have updated my answer to show that this does actually break all pages. Without a slug, WP will look for a CPT instead of a page and if it doesn't find it, return an error. So it's actually not related to the post-name. – Jan Beck Oct 2 '15 at 15:49
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    I see. There should be rewrite rules that append '-1' to future conflicting URL's like native WP posts vs pages. I've created a trac ticket core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/34136#ticket would love your thoughts. – Ben Racicot Oct 2 '15 at 23:22

Plugin Roundup

It's almost 2020 and a lot of these answers don't work. Here's my own roundup of the current options:

  • Matt Keys answer seems to be the only one on the right track if you want a custom code solution. None of the plugins I found can do everything listed here, especially the duplicate checking. This approach seems like a really good opportunity for a plugin if anyone wanted to take that on.
  • Permalink Manager Lite
    • 👍 Best of the free plugins I tried.
    • 👍 Gives full control over all Page/Post/CPT complete permalink structure and allows them to be the same. The GUI is by far the most feature-rich.
    • 👍 Allows full override per-post as well and lets you see what the original/default would be and reset to the default if needed.
    • 👍 Supports multi-site.
    • 👎 Does not check for duplicates between post types, which is sad. If a page and a CPT have the same URL, the page loads and the CPT is inaccessible. No warnings or errors, you just have to do your own manual checking for duplicates.
    • 💵 All taxonomy features are in the PRO version. The upgrade nags are pretty heavy.
  • Custom Permalinks
    • 👍 The free version does a lot. Taxonomy permalinks and premium support seem to be the only things withheld from the pro version.
    • 👍 Allows you to change the full permalink for any individual page/post/CPT.
    • 👍 Supports multi-site.
    • 👎 Does not allow you to change the default structure so you your Custom Post Types will still be example.com/cpt-slug/post-title but you can change them individually.
    • 👎 Does not check for duplicates between post types, which is sad.
  • Custom Post Type Permalinks
    • 👍 Allows non-developer users to change the things that are easy to change already with register_post_type
    • 👎 Does not allow you to change the CPT base slug - only the part that comes after that - so pretty much useless for developers and the issue in this question.
  • remove base slug... - dead for several years now... do not use.
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    The plugin Permalink Manager Lite is definitively the best solution : steady, robust, clean, and the free version allow you to remove the slug base. And it works with Polylang too ! Tested on Wordpress 5.4, with TwentyTwenty Theme, without any other plugin activated. Works like a charm on Custom Post Type, no matter if you have created a hierarchical one (with child post and grandchild post). From everyone who wants a clean solution. – PhpDoe Apr 4 at 11:57

You dont need so much hard-code. Just use lightweight plugin:

It has customizable options.

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  • Now I know why you got downvoted, it prevents normal page links resolving. I didn't see it because I was getting cached copies of the existing pages despite refreshing. – Walf Sep 14 '17 at 2:36
  • @Walf Can you tell me about the issue in details? – T.Todua Sep 14 '17 at 8:17
  • Following links to pages (that weren't the custom post type) from the main menu gave 404 errors, as if the page did not exist; that's it. – Walf Sep 14 '17 at 11:45
  • @Walf can you give me any example url of your occasion? (you can cover domain name if you want, i just need an ex example) thanks, i wil update it – T.Todua Sep 15 '17 at 7:31
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    "This plugin has been closed as of September 19, 2018 and is not available for download. This closure is permanent." – squarecandy Dec 16 '19 at 22:51

and we can make some changes to above-mentioned function:

function na_parse_request( $query ) {

if ( ! $query->is_main_query() || 2 != count( $query->query ) || ! isset( $query->query['page'] ) ) {

if ( ! empty( $query->query['name'] ) ) {
    $query->set( 'post_type', array( 'post', 'events', 'page' ) );


function na_parse_request( $query ) {

if ( ! $query->is_main_query() || 2 != count( $query->query ) || ! isset( $query->query['page'] ) ) {

if ( ! empty( $query->query['name'] ) ) {

    global $wpdb;
    $pt = $wpdb->get_var(
        "SELECT post_type FROM `{$wpdb->posts}` " .
        "WHERE post_name = '{$query->query['name']}'"
    $query->set( 'post_type', $pt );

in order to set right post_type value.

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This worked for me: 'rewrite' => array('slug' => '/')

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    This doesn't work. Gives 404 even when you've updated permalinks. – Christine Cooper Nov 12 '17 at 18:02

For anyone reading this that had trouble with child posts like I did I found the best way was to add your own rewrite rules.

The main issue I was having was that WordPress treats the redirect from pages that are 2 levels (child posts) deep a little differently than it treats 3 levels deep (child of child posts).

That means when I have /post-type/post-name/post-child/ I can use /post-name/post-child and it will redirect me to the one with post-type in front but if I have post-type/post-name/post-child/post-grandchild then I can't use post-name/post-child/post-grandchild.

Taking a look into the rewrite rules it looks like it matches for things other than pagename at the first and second levels (I think the second level matches attachment) and then does something there to redirect you to the proper post. At three levels deep it doesn't work.

First thing you need to do is to remove the post type link from children as well. This logic should happen here if you look at Nate Allen's answer above:

$post_link = str_replace( '/' . $post->post_type . '/', '/', $post_link );

Myself I used a mix of different conditionals to check if the post had children and whatnot in order to get to the right permalink. This part isn't too tricky and you'll find examples of people doing it elsewhere.

The next step though is where things change from the given answer. Instead of adding things to the main query (which worked for custom posts and their children but not the further children) I added a rewrite that went to the bottom of the WordPress rules so that if pagename didn't check out and it was about to hit a 404 it would do one last check to see if a page within the custom post type had the same name otherwise it would throw out the 404.

Here is the rewrite rule I used assuming 'event' is the name of your CPT

function rewrite_rules_for_removing_post_type_slug()

add_action('init', 'rewrite_rules_for_removing_post_type_slug', 1, 1);

Hope this helps someone else, I couldn't find anything else that had to do with child of child posts and removing the slug from those.

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  • There seems to be a typo in the regex. Between '(:' a '?' is needed to use it as non-capturing subpattern => '(?:'. The third ? seems misplaced as it allows an empty first subpattern. Propably it should be positioned between ( and :. Without this typo the expression will be the same as the one which can be found for the build-in post type 'page'. – jot Oct 28 '19 at 19:46

Had the same problems here and there seems to be no movement on wordpress site. In my particular situation where for single blogposts the structure /blog/%postname%/ was needed this solution


ended in a bunch of 404s

But together with this wonderful approach, which is not using the backend permalink strukture for the blogpost it finally works like charme. https://www.bobz.co/add-blog-prefix-permalink-structure-blog-posts/

Thanks a bunch.

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  • Link-only answers are discouraged. If you found an answer in this article that is different from the other answers on the page, please put a summary and code example in your answer. – squarecandy Dec 16 '19 at 22:50

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