We have a section on the site, such as:


for-sale is a WP page, however category-name is dynamic and is what I wrote the below rewrite rule for.

add_rewrite_rule('for-sale\/([a-z-]+)\/?$', 'index.php?pagename=for-sale&search_slug=$matches[1]', 'top');

However, problems arise when the user needs to use the page query var, if I try going to:


it get's rewritten to:


So completely strips out the category slug.

Is there a way I can get this to work?

...or preferably I would like to be able to use something like this:


So I tried adding this additional rewrite rule:

add_rewrite_rule('for-sale\/([a-z-]+)\/([0-9])+\/?$', 'index.php?pagename=for-sale&search_slug=$matches[1]&page=$matches[2]', 'top');

..but again, it redirected back to:


What am I missing here?

1 Answer 1


Your rewrite rules are good, but the redirect happens because WordPress applies canonical redirect via its redirect_canonical() function which is hooked to template_redirect.

And you can cancel the redirect via the parse_request action, like so, where we check if the matched rewrite rule is the one you set when you call add_rewrite_rule() and if it is, then cancel the redirect by "unhooking" redirect_canonical() from the template_redirect action:

add_action( 'parse_request', function( $wp ){
    if ( 'for-sale\/([a-z-]+)\/([0-9])+\/?$' === $wp->matched_rule ) {
        remove_action( 'template_redirect', 'redirect_canonical' );
} );
  • Thanks for that. But wouldn't that then allow these pages to be accessed with and without www for example?
    – Brett
    Mar 30, 2019 at 14:03
  • Ah sorry, yes you're correct.. Please ignore my previous comment. :p I'll update the answer later.
    – Sally CJ
    Mar 31, 2019 at 9:43
  • Actually.. no. I've confirmed that even if I do not cancel the (canonical) redirect, if I visit http://example.com/for-sale/foo/2/, I would end up at http://example.com/for-sale/2/. Similarly, if I visit http://www.example.com/for-sale/foo/2/, I would end up at http://www.example.com/for-sale/2/. So I think if you want to force redirect to www or non-www, you can check this - i.e. use a "real" htaccess rule or the cPanel method. And have you already tried the code in the answer?
    – Sally CJ
    Mar 31, 2019 at 10:34
  • Hey Sally, the code worked well with regards to what I wanted it to do, but I was unable to test the www issue since I am only on local right now; but yes, if I didn't implement your code then I get the same results as you experienced.
    – Brett
    Mar 31, 2019 at 11:34
  • So since the answer does help, would you mind upvoting it?.. As with the www issue, you can post a new question, if it actually happens on your/a production site. But I would be happy to help you with that, via this question.
    – Sally CJ
    Apr 1, 2019 at 8:49

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