This is perhaps a strange question adn maybe doesn't have answers, but I'll try.

  • custom post type: product
  • custom taxonomy 1: product_category
  • custom term: type1
  • custom taxonomy 2: product_feature
  • custom term: feature1

What I'd like:

  • www.mydomain.com/products > products archive page
  • www.mydomain.com/products/type1 > term archive page
  • www.mydomain.com/products/feature1 > term archive page
  • www.mydomain.com/products/type1/feature1 > term archive page

The main problems here I guess are 2:

  1. I'm bypassing the taxonomy path part ('add_rewrite_rule')
  2. Product archive and term archive share the same radix ('products')

Is it possible? I'm thinkin' about several things (rest api, add_rewrite_rule/tag, etc) but not sure if they're good/viable ways..

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So, a first solution can be using add_rewrite_rules(). A first raw logic should be something like:

1- get term slugs you need, save in a var, say $terms_string; $terms_string should be a list of pipe-separeted slugs, suitable for regexp, like 'type1|type2' etc.. containing ONLY valid (allowed) values. Say use get_terms() to get all the slugs..

2- add a custom rewrite rule something like this:

function add_rewrite_rules() {
    '^products/(' . $terms_string . ')/?$', //matches things like /products/type1
    'index.php?product_category=$matches[1]', //the real query that will be executed upon matching requests

add_action( 'init', 'add_rewrite_rules');

It works. It will correctly show a taxonomy archive. In real-world cases, building a consistent rule set it will be in fact a lot more involved, but this is the way. Too much code to paste here, but I've just made a complex api-like set of rules, also including language management with polylang. So if someone has the same tasks, go rewriting the rules.

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