I'm having basically the same problem as question #44117. I have a custom rewrite rule set using add_rewrite_rule, but when the user goes to the page, the entered url changes and the value is lost.

User enters: membership/member-profile/profile-name/

And is forwarded to: membership/member-profile/

Here's my rewrite code:

function profile_rewrite() {
    add_rewrite_rule('membership/member-profile/([^/]+)/?', 'index.php?pagename=member-profile&profile=$matches[1]', 'top');
add_action('init', 'profile_rewrite');

I've been researching for hours, and while I've found others with a similar problem, there has never been a definite solution.

Maybe it's a problem with my Wordpress settings? If I enter the URL:


I'm forwarded to:


Which returns a 404 error.

Thanks in advance for any help. I'm pretty new to this Wordpress stuff and maybe I'm jumping in a bit too quickly.

1 Answer 1



    'top' );

should be:

    'top' );

the difference is pagename should contain the parent/child path.

also- if profile isn't a recognized query var, it needs to be added in order to be accessed:

function wpse47596_query_vars( $query_vars ){
    $query_vars[] = 'profile';
    return $query_vars;
add_filter( 'query_vars', 'wpse47596_query_vars' );
  • Thank you so much! Adding the parent fixed my problem and the value is even showing up.
    – Steven
    Apr 1, 2012 at 20:08

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