I'm trying to do a rewrite, so that the query var is going to look pretty:

This is the URL structure I got now:


This is what I want:


Please note, that post_name is changing depending what site you're on. All the answers I've found so far, didn't consider that.

This is my current code:

add_filter( 'query_vars', function($vars) {
    $vars[] = 'subpage';
    return $vars;
add_action('init', function() {
    add_rewrite_tag('%subpage%', '([^/]+)');

This makes the page return an 404 - page not found page.

And yes... I have flushed the rewrite rules after every changes I've made.


I got it to work by using this:

add_action( 'init', function() {
    add_rewrite_tag('%subpage', '([^&]+)');

The only problem now, is that pagination don't work anymore on post-type-archive.

  • How are you using subpage in your code? If you rewrite the URL like this you need to use get_query_var( 'subpage' ). $_GET['subpage'] won't work anymore. – Jacob Peattie Feb 27 at 14:19
  • Sorry. Forgot to tell that my code, returns an 404 - page not found page – Jesper Feb 27 at 14:26

So, first up, I don't believe that you need a rewrite tag in this situation, so you can omit that.

The issue, I believe, with the remaining code is that your rewrite rule is only capturing 1 match (because there's only one set of ()), so subpage isn't receiving a value. Additionally, your rule seems to exclude any posts of your post type ( because of the ^). Actually, it seems to exclude any URLs where the post name begins with any of the letters p,o,s,t,_,t,y,p,e.

I believe your rewrite rule should be:

add_rewrite_rule( 'post_type/([^/]+)/([^/]+)/?', 'index.php?name=$matches[1]&subpage=$matches[2]', 'top' );

Then you just need to make sure that in your template you're accessing the subpage value correctly. $_GET['subpage'] will no longer work. Instead you need to use get_query_var( 'subpage' ).

Also make sure you re-save your Permalinks settings.

  • Hi Jacob. Thanks for your answer. After trying your code, I no longer get a 404 error page, but instead it redirects me straight to the post_name/ page – Jesper Feb 27 at 14:49
  • What does subpage do, by the way? What is the subpage? Something you do in your template? – Jacob Peattie Feb 27 at 14:51
  • On the division-page, there is a submenu: About, Latest news, Contact. This menu-structure is the same on all division-pages, but the content within each submenu-pages are different for each individual division – Jesper Feb 27 at 15:04

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