I want to redirect all subcategories who belong to the category named symptoms to a same page.

I did this:

RewriteRule ^category/symptoms/(.*)$ https://my-site/com/list/$1 [L,R=301]

Wordpress redirects but always add the subcategory at the end. For example: my-site/com/category/symptoms/fever is redirected to my-site/com/list/fever.

How to stop it adding the subcategory?

  • What is the URL you want to redirect to?
    – MrWhite
    Oct 3, 2018 at 10:34

2 Answers 2


The $1 is grabbing the value from (.*)$, so to remove the subcategory, you'll need to remove the flag

RewriteRule ^category/symptoms/(.*)$ https://my-site/com/list/ [L,R=301]

  • Then there's no reason to have the (.*)$ in the RewriteRule pattern to begin with.
    – MrWhite
    Oct 3, 2018 at 11:23

If I get your question right you want to redirect all https://my-site.com/category/symptoms/[subcategory] to https://my-site.com/list/, right?

Just do:

RewriteRule ^category/symptoms/.*$ https://my-site/com/list/ [L,R=301]

This replaces everything from category/symptoms/ until the end of the line (marked by $).

Your symptoms/(.*)$ saves everything between pattern/ and the end of the line and substitutes it for $1 in your replacement string.

See this tutorial for references in replacement strings in regular expressions: https://www.regular-expressions.info/replacebackref.html

  • If you want to tidy up the regex some more then the trailing .*$ on the RewriteRule pattern is superfluous.
    – MrWhite
    Oct 3, 2018 at 19:45

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