Sorry if this is a duplicate – I can't find an answer.

How do I rewrite a custom post type archive page to a 'man-made' WordPress page?

For example:

  • Single page: http://www.mywebsite.com/cool-post-type/awesome-single-post/
  • Archive page: http://www.mywebsite.com/cool-post-type/

I want http://www.mywebsite.com/cool-post-type/ to rewrite to http://www.mywebsite.com/about-cool-post-types/.

Can I just do this with htaccess and what would the syntax be? (I'm not good at htaccess!)

This does not work:

RewriteRule ^cool-post-type\/\?$ /about-cool-post-types [L]

Or do I have to do this in the WordPress source code? I don't want to!

3 Answers 3


This one's actually pretty easy. When you declare your post type using register_post_type, you need to add a new argument for 'has_archive'.

So you'll add in something to the effect of:

'has_archive' => 'about-cool-post-types'

Then, go to your Settings > Permalinks to flush them and it should work. I tested it locally, and this seems to be the way to automatically generate your archive page at a different URL. Then, you should be able to create a page at the CPT's slug.

  • This stopped working but I managed to fix it by assigning 'has_archive' to arbitrary text and renaming my page's slug to the category slug.
    – Warwick
    Commented Oct 24, 2016 at 11:01
  • You could just set has_archive to false as you don't need the default archive page at all. Commented Mar 7 at 11:29

There's also a simple, 1-file plugin for this now, by the HumanMade folk;


(Meta: I know answers with links aren't generally great, but I don't just want to copy and paste the source-code for that thing into an answer. What's the best strategy for this type of thing?)

  • This is a pastebin for @RichardsTape answer. A bit late but you never know. pastebin.com/RipbJ64q
    – Adam
    Commented Apr 13, 2023 at 13:00

Follow up to the accepted answer.

When you declare your post type using register_post_type, you need to add a new argument for 'has_archive'.

What I currently (2023) do is the following:

'has_archive' => wp_make_link_relative(get_permalink($page_id))

where as the post id I define a ACF options field and get the id for that page like so:

'has_archive' => wp_make_link_relative(get_permalink(get_option('archive_page_id','options')))

Doing it this way, the page can easyly changed via the wordpress backend. Don't forget to re-save the permalinks in order for this to work!

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