Doing something wrong, can't figure out what..Any help is highly appreciated for sure!

I have a custom post type which I want to add query vars to in permalink structure.. So far so good....

This is wordking right: http://allehondenrassen.nl/kennel?artist=queen&genre=pop

This is not working: http://allehondenrassen.nl/kennel/queen/pop/

in my archive-kennels.php I added:

echo get_query_var('artist');
echo get_query_var('genre');

In functions.php I added:

add_filter('page_rewrite_rules', 'dvd_rewrite_rules');
function dvd_rewrite_rules($rules)
global $wp_rewrite;
// custom post type name
$dvd_post_type = 'kennels';
$dvd_rule = array(
    // Custom Rewrite Slug = kennel
    'kennel/(.+)/(.+)/?' => 'index.php?post_type=' . $dvd_post_type . '&artist=$matches[1]&genre=$matches[2]'
return array_merge($dvd_rule, $rules);

add_filter('query_vars', 'dvd_query_vars');
function dvd_query_vars($vars)
$dvd_vars = array(

return array_merge($dvd_vars, $vars);

Playing with this for hours but can't see the problem... Thanks in advance! Bas

  • I have not looked in-depth into your code. But have you flushed your rewrite rules? Settings > Permalink > Save Changes
    – Evan Yeung
    Nov 27, 2011 at 0:24

1 Answer 1


Yes I did, didn't help but thanks anyway! I fixed it by installing the dump environment plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/dump_env/

This way I was able to evaluate all existing rewrite rules. My custom rewrite rule was conflicting with an existing rewrite rule that WP generated for the custom post type by default.

I changed my rule

'kennel/ras/(.+)/(.+)/?$' => 'index.php?post_type=' . $dvd_post_type . '&artist=$matches[1]&genre=$matches[2]'

Now it works as it should! The dump env plugin, this is going to save me some development time in the future ;) Thanks!

  • 1
    You should also consider modifying your regex, It's going to behave unexpectedly. Better: ^kennel/ras/([^/]+)/([^/]+)/?$ Apr 6, 2012 at 2:41

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