I have a custom post type registered called employees. When registering this custom post type I used:

'rewrite' => array('slug' => 'people'),

Now, when I hover over a link to one of my employees I see the url as this:


So that seems correct. But I click the link, I see Chrome navigate to just www.example.com/john and then that doesn't exist so it redirects to www.example.com (the homepage).

How do I make it navigate to /people/john and stop it from redirecting to the homepage?

3 Answers 3


The most important args for rewrite redirects when registering new post type are:

  • 'public' => true,
  • 'publicly_queryable' => true,
  • 'query_var' => true,

I have pasted some code below which I have tested and it working fine for the url : www.example.com/people/john

$labels_employee = 
array('name' => _x( 'Employees', 'Post typegeneral name', 'textdomain' ),
'singular_name' => _x( 'Employee', 'Post type singular name', 'textdomain' ),
'menu_name' => _x( 'Employees', 'Admin Menu text', 'textdomain' ),
'name_admin_bar' => _x( 'Employee', 'Add New on Toolbar', 'textdomain' ),
'add_new' => __( 'Add New', 'textdomain' ),
'add_new_item' => __( 'Add New Employee', 'textdomain' ),
'new_item' => __( 'New Employee', 'textdomain' ),

$args_employee= array( 'labels' => $labels_employee, 'public' => true, 'publicly_queryable' => true, 'show_ui' => true, 'show_in_menu' => true, 'query_var' => true, 'rewrite' => array( 'slug' => 'people' ), 'capability_type' => 'post', 'has_archive' => true, 'hierarchical' => false, 'menu_position' => null, 'supports' => array( 'title', 'editor', 'author', 'thumbnail', 'excerpt', 'comments' ), );

register_post_type( 'employee', $args_employee );
  • 1
    Thank you for your help. The problem was definitely public_queryable. I had it to false and that ended up redirecting traffic. Thank you, Aug 24, 2016 at 16:51
  • Problem for me was public_queryable as well. Thanks!
    – Gavin
    Apr 10, 2017 at 11:45

if you have register your taxo with register_post_type('employees',$args);

have you create single-employees.php ?

and after in administration / Setting / Permalinks -> Save Changes

  • 1
    Re-saving permalinks solved it for me. Thanks
    – fanta
    Dec 7, 2016 at 16:39

I had the same issue, custom taxonomy link was redirecting to index.

Ok, when register a custom taxonomy, make sure that the register_taxonomy code runs always (init hook) and not only on admin (admin_init)

add_action('init', 'woobr_register_settings');
function woobr_register_settings()
    $args = array(
        //'labels' => $labels,
        //'labels' => 'Brand',
        'public' => true,
        'publicly_queryable' => true,
        'show_ui' => true,
        'show_in_menu' => true,
        'query_var' => true,
        'capability_type' => 'product',
        'has_archive' => true,
        'hierarchical' => false,
        'menu_position' => null,
        'supports' => array('title', 'editor', 'author', 'thumbnail', 'excerpt', 'comments'),


    register_taxonomy('woobrand', 'product', $args); 
  • This is a good point. Can you give a code example of how to achieve that? Apr 3, 2019 at 2:01
  • 1
    Added just now.
    – Nikos
    Apr 3, 2019 at 21:09

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