Rebuilding an author/writer website in WordPress.

I have a custom post type of books. Working OK.

I'd also like my category base to be books. Not working as yet.

So a book URL would be like:


And a category URL would be:


How can I achieve this?

My workaround is a category URL like this (working using Category Base = books/category):


Would prefer to add code in functions.php or .htaccess than use a plugin.


1 Answer 1


No, it's not safe to use the /books/ URL for both a category base and custom post type base. WordPress uses the URLs to determine what type of content to serve. If you've set up 2 different types of content at the same URL, it won't have any way to know which you're requesting, and if you end up with a book slug that's the same as a category slug, you'll really have conflicts.

To keep the URL types segregated but still logical, you could use URLS such as

CPT: example.com/book/title-of-a-single-book

Category: example.com/books/category-name

Or, perhaps something like

CPT: example.com/books/title-of-a-single-book

Category: example.com/book-categories/category-name

Or, continue using your workaround, example.com/books/category/category-name, and they will all appear to be under "books."

  • OK. I'll continue to use my current workaround. Thanks Sep 30, 2019 at 15:43

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