I have a custom taxonomy named location and I want to add sections like 'news' and 'marketplace' for each term, so my url looks like /location/montreal/news/

It works perfectly until I try to add pagination. Here is my code :

add_action( 'init', 'region_rewrite' );
function region_rewrite()
    global $wp;
    $wp->add_query_var( 'section' );


I'm using the Rewrite analyser plugin and it seems that the query_vars location, section and paged are assigned with the right value. However, I get a 404 error when trying to access a page url like /location/montreal/news/page/2. I also noticed that the the page variable has the value /2. Is it possible that this is why I'm getting a 404 not found ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  • I find that when going to deep into pretty permalinks (too many variables) that working out the rewrite rules overwhelms me. I tend to just append an old ugly query to the end and call it a day. Oct 26, 2012 at 14:47

2 Answers 2


I believe you could just call the paged add_rewrite_url last so that it is checked first. Otherwise the paged version will never get any match, since the non-paged one will always match first. Should also work if you remove 'top' from your arguments.

Also, check out this page for a nice way of debugging those 404 when working with custom rewrite: http://www.dev4press.com/2012/tutorials/wordpress/practical/debug-wordpress-rewrite-rules-matching/


Thanks to Olivier. My own issue was that my add_rewrite_url was working fine for pages but not all posts.

It worked for posts if using only %postname%/ in permalink setup. I kept losing the bit after the post url if using /%category%/%postname%/ i.e. http://me.com/test/post/my-next-bit-that-url-rewrite-should-act-on kept 301 redirecting to http://me.com/test/post/my-next-bit-that-url-rewrite-should-act-on because of the canonical behaviour of wordpress

The line below stopped this issue.

remove_filter('template_redirect', 'redirect_canonical');

I reckon it should be suggested in the codex.


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