I have a Custom Structure setup for posts in Settings > Permalinks as:


This works great for most of my posts, but there is one category that I want to remove the post_id from so it looks like this:


So if the category is MOUSE and the post-id is 123 and postname(slug) is my-great-mouse-post, then the permalink correctly looks like this:


But if the category is DOG then I do not want the post-id, so it should look like this:


I understand how to use actions and filters in my functions.php and in a plugin and I think I want to use add_rewrite_rule but am honestly confused as how to write the rule as regex is complicated and I do not understand it.

1 Answer 1


1. Add a new rewrite rule:

add_action('init', function()
    add_rewrite_rule('^dog/([^/]+)/?$', 'index.php?cat=dog&name=$matches[1]', 'top');
}, 10, 0);

2. Filter the post link:

add_filter('post_link', function($post_link, $post, $leave_name = false, $sample = false)
    if ( is_object_in_term($post->ID, 'category', 'DOG') ) {
        $post_link = str_replace($post->ID . '-', '', $post_link);

    return $post_link;

}, 10, 4);

Try it in your functions.php. Hope it works for you!

  • You are a genius. I spent hours and hours trying to figure this out. Works great. I added flush_rewrite_rules(); in the add_rewrite_rules function as I am using this in a plugin, but otherwise was perfect.
    – jsherk
    Jun 2, 2016 at 2:18
  • And just a side note, I found a great REGEX tester here: regex101.com which let me figure out what exactly ^dog/([^/]+)/?$ was doing. The only caveat with this tester is you have escape the slashes like this: ^dog\/([^\/]+)\/?$
    – jsherk
    Jun 2, 2016 at 2:24
  • 2
    @jsherk - only use flush_rewrite_rules when your plugin is activated, don't flush on every request! read the usage note in the codex for more info.
    – Milo
    Jun 2, 2016 at 3:01
  • @Milo I just was reading that before I saw your comment, and was coming back to post exactly what you said. Thanks.
    – jsherk
    Jun 2, 2016 at 3:12
  • Some good related info in this other thread: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/228538/…
    – jsherk
    Jun 5, 2016 at 12:43

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