I'm building a Wordpress site with several custom post types. Every post type is a different magazine. I have also a custom meta fields for a magazine year and issue.

I would like to have urls (used archive.php):


I made it by code:

function magazine_rewrite_tag() {
    add_rewrite_tag('%issue_year%', '([0-9]{4})');
    add_rewrite_tag('%issue%', '([0-9])');
add_action('init', 'magazine_rewrite_tag', 10, 0);


function magazine_rewrite_rules() {
    add_rewrite_rule('^([a-z]+)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9])?', 'index.php?post_type=$matches[1]&issue_year=$matches[2]&issue=$matches[3]', 'top');
    add_rewrite_rule('^([a-z]+)/([0-9]{4})?', 'index.php?post_type=$matches[1]&issue_year=$matches[2]', 'top');
add_action('init', 'magazine_rewrite_rules');

Off course I have also a custom queries in archive.php. And it works fine.

But now, my urls for single articles doesn't work. By default, it is:


but it's show all articles from magazine like url (and it used archive.php template):


How add properly rewrite rules for single custom posts? It is possible, I would like to have urls for single post (only for chosen custom post types) in this format:

  • Multiple notes: (1) The 4th argument is the number of arguments a filter or action takes. And 10 is the default priority. You can leave both off in that case … or try a higher number. (2) Have you checked the resulting rewrite rules? Also make sure you check the order of those rules as they are processed in their order. Dump $GLOBALS['wp_rewrite']. (3) Have you added query_vars that might conflict?
    – kaiser
    Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 12:59

1 Answer 1


I found solution! A Monkeyman Rewrite Analyzur plugin was very helpful: https://wordpress.org/plugins/monkeyman-rewrite-analyzer/

So now, I have such working urls...





On a custom post editor page in wp-admin I use Advanced Custom Fields plugin for issue year and issue. You can also define meta fields by yourself.

Next I added rewrite tags for issue year and issue:

function custom_rewrite_tag() {
    add_rewrite_tag('%issue_year%', '([0-9]{4})' );
    add_rewrite_tag('%issue%', '([0-9]+)' );

add_action('init', 'custom_rewrite_tag');

Next, I added rewrite rewrite rules for any combination of urls:

function custom_rewrite_rule() {
    // URL: /magazine/year/issue/title
    add_rewrite_rule('^([^/]+)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9])/(.?.+?)?(:/([0-9]+))?/?$', 'index.php?post_type=$matches[1]&issue_year=$matches[2]&issue=$matches[3]&name=$matches[4]', 'top');

    // URL: /magazine/year/issue
    add_rewrite_rule('^([^/]+)/([0-9]{4})/([0-9])?$', 'index.php?post_type=$matches[1]&issue_year=$matches[2]&issue=$matches[3]', 'top');

    // URL: /magazine/year
    add_rewrite_rule('^([^/]+)/([0-9]{4})?$', 'index.php?post_type=$matches[1]&issue_year=$matches[2]', 'top');

add_action('init', 'custom_rewrite_rule');

At the end I replace standard urls for my own, with issue year and issue

function custom_permalink($url, $post) {
    if ($post->post_type == 'magazine-name-1' || $post->post_type == 'magazine-name-2' || $post->post_type == 'magazine-name-2' ) {
        global $post;

        $post_type = $post->post_type;
        $issue_year = get_field('issue_year', $post->ID); // ACF; for meta: get_post_meta($post->ID, '$issue', true);
        $issue = get_field('issue', $post->ID); // ACF

        $url = str_replace( $post_type . '/', $post_type . '/' . $issue_year . '/' . $issue . '/' , $url);
    return $url;
add_filter('post_type_link', 'custom_permalink', 10, 2);

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