We have a site using WPML and the category archives like /categoryname/page/2 weren't working in the secondary language. I added /category/ to the permalink and now the pagination works, but I need help getting the paginated archive links to 301 redirect.

  1. I set up manual redirects for the main category archives using the Redirection plugin:
    • Ex: /categoryname/ redirects to: /category/categoryname/
  2. I need help with redirecting the paginated pages in the category archive.
    • Ex: http://example.com/categoryname/page/1 redirects to http://example.com/category/categoryname/page/1
  3. Single posts haven't been redirected because they work fine with /category/ in the permalink, and I'd love to keep it as-is if possible.

1 Answer 1


Add the following to your .htaccess, in between the <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(.*)/page/$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /category/$1/? [R=301,L]

Your default .htaccess created from WordPress should now look like the following:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
# Custom RewriteRule
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^(.*)/page/$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /category/$1/? [R=301,L]
# END WordPress
  • Thanks Ethan for answering! Unfortunately, it didn't work for me. The redirect doesn't happen.
    – Rebecca M
    Sep 7, 2016 at 7:39
  • @RebeccaM Updated answer through the .htaccess route. Let me know if that works. Sep 13, 2016 at 2:55

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