I have the following code to register a custom post type and taxonomy for it:

register_post_type( 'gs_business_listings',
      'labels' => array(
        'name' => __( 'Local Businesses' ),
        'singular_name' => __( 'Local Businesses' )
      'public' => true,
            'supports' => array('title', 'editor', 'thumbnail', 'revisions'),
            'register_meta_box_cb' => array($this,'add_meta_boxes'),
            'rewrite' => array('slug'=> '%larger-region%/%regions%')

            'labels' => array(
                'name' => 'Harvey County',
                'singular_name' => 'Region',
            'rewrite' => array( 'slug' => 'harvey-county', 'hierarchical' => true ),
            'hierarchical' => true,
            'has_archive' => true,

I would expect that accessing www.example.com/harvey-county would show an archive of all posts that use the custom taxonomy. But I get a 404 not found. What do I have wrong? Thanks.

Note:currently if I access www.example.com/harvey-county/newton it shows the archive page for the newton term correctly.

  • 1
    There's nothing wrong- there is no general taxonomy archive, only individual terms.
    – Milo
    Jan 10, 2017 at 16:26
  • Ok. Do you have any suggestions as to how to implement something that would actually behave that way? I'm not where I can test this, but would a page-harvey-county.php in the theme with a loop to display all posts that include any terms under that taxonomy work? Jan 10, 2017 at 17:10

1 Answer 1


As Milo said, there is no general taxonomy archive. But it made sense to have one in my situation. Here is what I did to imitate a general archive:

I created a blank page in Wordpress Admin name Harvey County with a harvey-county slug. Then I added a page-harvey-county.php template file to my theme. I copied the code from my archive.php. I tweaked the loop portion to look like this:

    $taxonomy_terms = get_terms( 'gs_business_region_harvey', array(
        'hide_empty' => 0,
        'fields' => 'ids'
    ) );
    $args = array(
       'post_type' => 'gs_business_listings',
       'tax_query' => array(
                          'taxonomy' => 'gs_business_region_harvey',
                          'terms' => $taxonomy_terms

        $query = new WP_Query( $args );

        if ( $query->have_posts() ) : ?>

                //header code 

                // Start the Loop.
                $addressWrapper = array();
                $addresses = array();
                while ( $query->have_posts() ) : $query->the_post();

                 //Call get_template_part and such.

        endif; ?>

This works, but bothers me a little as it's not very DRY, copying archive.php.

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