I've been playing around with a lot of custom post types lately and I am pretty anal about my URL structure / routing.

An issue I ran in to a with a site that I just developed was this:

  • I had many custom post types, for example: videos
  • The URL structure to 'view' the video list (ie: archive of sorts) was /media/videos/
  • This 'view' was basically a custom WP_Query displaying things properly from a custom .php template.
  • When an individual 'video' link is clicked you are taken to the post type URL structure, ie: www.site.com/videos/{slug}
  • This causes all loss of URL structure/parental relationship to structure.

I would love to solve this problem:

  • When you navigate to /media/videos/ you get the custom loaded template file
  • When you click a video permalink(), you will be linked to /media/videos/{slug}
  • Ideally this would perserve hierarchy of URL structure (so if something like Breadcrumb NavXT it would still have a relationship).

I made a teacher/student/etc module one time where I did custom routing via add_rewrite_rule to handle these problems, but I would rather figure out how to handle hierarchy appropriately in this situation.

Can someone please point me in to the right direction?



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When you declare the custom post type, there is a parameter "rewrite" where you declare the slug for the post type. Change the slug to "media/videos", and then visit your Settings > Permalinks page to update your rewrite rules.

register_post_type( 'videos',
    array('labels' => array(),
        'rewrite'   => array( 'slug' => 'media/videos', 'with_front' => false )
  • If I have a page called media/videos this will cause a permalink collision, correct? That's ideally what I'd want. media/videos => page & media/videos/{slug} => actual post type. I tried using 'slug' & 'with_front' => false, and I got collision
    – tr3online
    Aug 23, 2012 at 2:17
  • I don't have that problem. I defined the slug for the post type as 'media/videos' and then I created a top-level page with slug 'media' and child page with slug 'videos'. When I access 'media/videos', I get the page. When I access a video at 'media/videos/video-slug', I get the video with slug 'video-slug'.
    – Jake
    Aug 23, 2012 at 4:49
  • Make sure you visit the permalinks page? :(
    – Jake
    Aug 23, 2012 at 4:58
  • Hm. I'll have to take a look at this again. Did you create the post type before the pages? Though that shouldn't matter.
    – tr3online
    Aug 23, 2012 at 17:42
  • Looks like that worked! Odd. I must have done something completely wrong yesterday. Thanks!
    – tr3online
    Aug 23, 2012 at 18:45

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