I want all my posts to have /ARTICLES/%post-name% structure.

But as soon as I modify the custom structure to that, for a reason that beats me, wordpress adds the articles prefix across the board.

So I end up with urls like this for my category pages with something like the following


here the videos is a category and since I did not change the category to anything else, I was expecting the urls to be well, mysite.com/category/videos ), not mysite.com/articles/category/whatever Obviously, such a URL does not make sense.

On the permalinks screen, under the Common Settings's Post name option, I get a grayed out ( uneditable ) sample link that shows something like mysite.com/sample-post.

I wished I could have edit that grayed out info

to mysite.com/articles/sample-post while keeping the other options as is.

But this does not seem to be possible.

Am I at a dead-end here?

Is there a way to only change the post urls without effecting the other urls?


4 Answers 4


1) Add this rewrite at the end of you function.php

function add_rewrite_rules( $wp_rewrite )
    $new_rules = array(
        'YOUR_PREFIX/(.+?)/?$' => 'index.php?post_type=post&name='. $wp_rewrite->preg_index(1),

    $wp_rewrite->rules = $new_rules + $wp_rewrite->rules;
add_action('generate_rewrite_rules', 'add_rewrite_rules'); 

function change_blog_links($post_link, $id=0){

    $post = get_post($id);

    if( is_object($post) && $post->post_type == 'post'){
        return home_url('/YOUR_PREFIX/'. $post->post_name.'/');

    return $post_link;
add_filter('post_link', 'change_blog_links', 1, 3);

2) Go to Settings > Permalinks and click Save Changes.

  • Thanks Fury, would this ( rewriting flexibility ) allow me to do the following? I got a permalink structure like this mysite.com/cat-base/cat-term and I'd like mysite.com/cat-term to serve that. ( if you do not have a "page" with the same category term, would that work? Would your function can pull that off as well? Oct 14, 2016 at 6:28
  • I am afriad not. This code just adds a /blog/ as prefix before all posts urls. How ever I am sure you can extent it hopefully you can get it work for your case.
    – Fury
    Oct 14, 2016 at 11:09
  • Thanks for your answer, It's working really well for me. May 2, 2018 at 13:45
  • Works for me in 2021, WP 5.8.1 Sep 29, 2021 at 17:40
  • This does not take into account paging, ex. /YOUR_PREFIX/page/4/ will not work Feb 28 at 8:12

Wordpress puts "/category/" by default as the category base in the permalinks even for a category page.

You have to change your custom permalink structure to:


Put "articles" in the category base field and your permalinks for example at category page "Videos" will display in this form:


It won't work with post's permalinks thought as "articles" parts will be omitted from the permalink like this:


The WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast has a section called permalinks where you can strip the category base (usually /category/) from the category URL.

 * Add new rewrite rule
function create_new_url_querystring() {
add_action('init', 'create_new_url_querystring', 999 );
 * Modify post link
 * This will print /blog/post-name instead of /post-name
function append_query_string( $url, $post, $leavename ) {
    if ( $post->post_type != 'post' )
            return $url;

    if ( false !== strpos( $url, '%postname%' ) ) {
            $slug = '%postname%';
    elseif ( $post->post_name ) {
            $slug = $post->post_name;
    else {
        $slug = sanitize_title( $post->post_title );

    $url = home_url( user_trailingslashit( 'blog/'. $slug ) );
    return $url;
add_filter( 'post_link', 'append_query_string', 10, 3 );
 * Redirect all posts to new url
 * If you get error 'Too many redirects' or 'Redirect loop', then delete everything below
function redirect_old_urls() {
    if ( is_singular('post') ) {
        global $post;
        if ( strpos( $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'], '/blog/') === false) {
           wp_redirect( home_url( user_trailingslashit( "blog/$post->post_name" ) ), 301 );
add_filter( 'template_redirect', 'redirect_old_urls' );

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