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I recently changed a page title and URL and now the subpages are getting a 404 error.

Changed:

/events/activities

to

/calendar/activities

The /calendar page still displays correctly, the same as it did when it was previously named /events. However, all of the subpages (/activities, /contests, etc.) now return 404 errors.

I tried re saving permalinks, but same result. I'm using Post name as my permalink structure. I don't think there are any conflicting slugs using calendar.

I'm a bit confused about permalinks and how to properly change them (obviously).

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Based on what you wrote above I do not see the problem of changing the page name would result in 404 errors on sub-level pages.

What you should look for

1- Check if you do not have active plugins like (The Event Calendar) or equivalents. Those plugins are already using, most of the time, those slug or rewrite rules.

2- You did not mentionned that you were using Custom Post Type, but if it would be the case, you can edit the rewrite rule to place your new slug (Codex : register_post_type)

function register_custom_post_type_example() {
    $rewrite = array(
        'slug'                  => 'calendar',
        'with_front'            => true,
        'pages'                 => true,
        'feeds'                 => true,
    );
    $args = array(
        'label'                 => 'Your label'
        'description'           => 'Your description',
        'supports'              => array('page-attributes'),
        'taxonomies'            => array(),
        'hierarchical'          => false,
        'public'                => true,
        'show_ui'               => true,
        'show_in_menu'          => true,
        'menu_position'         => 20,
        'menu_icon'             => 'dashicons-networking',
        'show_in_admin_bar'     => true,
        'show_in_nav_menus'     => true,
        'can_export'            => true,
        'has_archive'           => true,
        'rewrite'               => $rewrite,
    );
    register_post_type( 'equipe', $args );
}
add_action( 'init', 'register_custom_post_type_example' );

In the code above, you can see that you can change the rewrite rule. But as I said, do not try to work with alot of plugin because it will results in pages conflicts.

Hope it can guide you to find the problem.

  • Patrice, thank you for the help. I'm using the calendar plugin Simple Calendar. Based on your first suggestion I disabled the Simple Calendar plugin to see if the page was still broken. It was not. Enabling the plugin broke the page again. Since I am using the Custom Post Type I will try your solution. Stay tuned... – WarsawNewbie Nov 28 '17 at 21:38
  • So the plugin itself is setting some rewrite rules. I suggest you change the slug. The documentation of your plugin seems to not give the power to change the slugs. Feel free to upvote my anwser if it helped you. – Patrice Poliquin Nov 28 '17 at 22:06

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