Seriously, why 'with_front' => false does not work as it should be? It is supposed to remove TAXONOMY BASE NAME and my question is why it does not work?

I just dont want the taxonamy base slug appear in my URL and codex says 'with_front' => false should help but it does not. Leaving the slug empty like 'slug'=> '' generates 404 error.

register_taxonomy("tax_categories", array("products"), array(
    "hierarchical" => true,
    "label" => "Categories",
    "singular_label" => "Category",
    "show_ui" => true,
    'update_count_callback' => '_update_post_term_count',
    "rewrite" => array(     
        'with_front' => false,      
        'hierarchical' => true      

This issue supposed to be fixed http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/16807

Please help to understand that. Thank you.

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    Try and Go to your settings-->permalinks and click save, or flush the rewrite rules. – Wyck Sep 11 '11 at 2:27
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    As Manny said, with_front does not remove the taxonomy base name. I assume you want to convert the link format from /tax-categories/banana/ to /banana/? There was a question about this (it's quite complicated), but I can't find it right now. – Jan Fabry Sep 12 '11 at 5:59
  • thats is exactly what is needed. – Alex Sep 12 '11 at 8:48
  • The problem is you sorta need the taxonomy name in there so that WordPress knows the next thing is the taxonomy term. The only way I know to do it is if you create a completely custom permalink. Do you know what you want your permalink to look like? – Manny Fleurmond Sep 12 '11 at 12:14
  • The other question @JanFabry refers to might be this one: wordpress.stackexchange.com/questions/21076/… – Tim Malone Mar 8 '18 at 3:29

All with_front does is toggle whether or not a taxonomy link can have something else in front of it ie extra permalink stuff from the permalinks options page. For example with_front set to true makes this possible:


with it set to false, all you can do is:

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    I see... does not help though. How to remove the /TAX/ part from taxonomy? – Alex Sep 12 '11 at 8:50

Use the code below:

'rewrite' => array( 
    'slug'          => '.',
    'with_front'    => false 

Notice that when you rewrite the slug that the default page template is opened, when you go to the taxonomy page.

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    In addition to what @tf said, also please explain why your code provides a solution. – shea Jan 21 '14 at 11:43
  • This solution does work and should be the accepted answer. – tehlivi Apr 12 '17 at 21:05
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    Give me a 404, despite me resaving the permalinks. It does rewrite the URL in the browser (but not within the post permalink area), but still gives 404 in browser. – Garconis Aug 7 '18 at 18:07
  • Did not know this was possible for a taxonomy. I've used it with keeping the slug intact. Works good! – Loosie94 Sep 18 '20 at 9:58

Use this code its work fine

'rewrite' => ['slug' => '/', 'with_front' => false]
  • Someone flagged your answer. But I found it appropriate. – Usman Ahmed May 3 '19 at 2:11

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