I am having an issue with redirect rules for a single-page app that is on a sub-page of a Wordpress site. I have followed this set of instructions pretty directly and am still having issues: Redirect sub-pages to parent without changing URL

The subpages are custom post types for business locations. When someone visits http://business.com/hollywood-ca/contact it should pull up http://business.com/hollywood-ca/ but the url needs to remain the same (The contact portion of the URL is part of a single-page Vue.js app on each location page, so it needs to stick around). Here is my code:

//This function hooks in on post save
function add_location_deep_links( $post_id, $post, $update ) {

    $post_type = get_post_type($post_id);

    if ( "location" != $post_type ) return; // If this isn't a 'location' post, don't update it.

    $slug = $post->post_name; //hollywood-ca

        "^{$slug}/[A-Za-z]",  //regex prevents trying to redirect the /hollywood-ca/ page
        "index.php?page_id={$post_id}", //redirect to post
        'top' // take precedence over other redirects


The problem is when I visit http://business.com/hollywood-ca/contact the page redirects to http://business.com/hollywood-ca/ which prevents my single-page app from navigating to the contact tab.

If it helps, I have also written a couple of functions that change my URLs from business.com/location/hollywood-ca to the cleaner business.com/hollywood-ca. I have tested these issues without those functions and am still having issues, so I don't think they are related.

  • page_id is only for the built in page post type. what is your CPT's query var? that's what you need to set.
    – Milo
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 18:37
  • I didn't set a custom query var so I assume it is location, what would be the change I need to make?
    – Jeff
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 18:40
  • I wouldn't use add_rewrite_rule and flush_rewrite_rules with the save_post hook, but in init hook with $matches return by the regex. Just a point of view.
    – Benoti
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 19:07
  • My understanding is that flush_rewrite_rules is a labor-intensive function (regenerating the .htaccess file) and should ideally only be called when something changes.
    – Jeff
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 19:08
  • I don't really think that something changes, on save_post, you update an ID or create it. Your are not creating a new rule? For me, add_rewrite_rule must manage every new {$slug} according to the query, only one rewrite rule for your all your schema. Maybe I'm wrong but if you have a lot of post your options table (rewrite_rule key) will contain all your slug rules as I'm understanding your code. I'm missing something ?
    – Benoti
    Commented Oct 14, 2016 at 19:59

1 Answer 1


Milo's comment got me there:

    "index.php?location={$slug}", //changed query var to location

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