I've seen a lot of posts out there in the Webiverse about assigning a page as a parent of a custom post type. After four hours I can't find a solution and need some help. I've create an "About" page that is the parent of an "Our People" page. I've also create a custom post type called "People". And I've created a custom page template for the "Our People" page. The Permalink structure looks fine until you get to the single "people" page. For Example: John Smith's Page, the permalink isn't correct.

Custom post type:

Desired Permalink Structure: /about-us/our-people/john-smith

Actually Permalink Structure: /our-people/john-smith

Our People Page Strucure: /about-us/our-people

The "about-us" is a page, "our-people" is a page and also the slug rewrite for the custom post type, "people". I've tried to change the hierarchical settings and I've tried adding "about-us/our-people" directly into the rewrite with no success.


function codex_custom_init() {
    // Our People
    $people_label = array(
        'name' => 'People',
        'singular_name' => 'People',
        'add_new' => 'Add People',
        'add_new_item' => 'Add New People',
        'edit_item' => 'Edit People',
        'new_item' => 'New People',
        'all_items' => 'All People',
        'view_item' => 'View People',
        'search_items' => 'Search People',
        'not_found' => 'No People found',
        'not_found_in_trash' => 'No People found in Trash',
        'parent_item_colon' => '',
        'menu_name' => 'People',
    $people_args = array (
        'labels' => $people_label,
        'public' => true,
        'publicly_queryable' => true,
        'show_ui' => true,
        'show_in_menu' => true,
        'query_var' => true,
        'rewrite' => array( 'slug' => 'our-people'),
        'capability_type' => 'page',
        'has_archive' => true,
        'hierarchical' => true,
        'menu_position' => null,
        'menu_icon' => get_template_directory_uri() . '/images/icons/people.png',
        'supports' => array('title', 'editor', 'author', 'thumbnail', 'excerpt','page-attributes'),

    register_post_type('people', $people_args);

My Custom Templates: people.php people-single.php

1 Answer 1


This should work:

'rewrite' => array( 'slug' => 'about-us/our-people'),

combined with:

'has_archive' => false,

Make sure to visit the Permalinks settings page in your admin after you made the changes to flush the rewrite rules.

  • 2
    what will that do?
    – Nick
    Jan 15, 2013 at 22:01
  • 7
    Would be great to see some explanations of why this would work. Jan 22, 2013 at 18:58
  • 3
    For anyone just trying to give their CPT a parent page, and not disable the archives, it's worth noting that 'has_archive' can also be passed a string for the archive slug.
    – jwinn
    Sep 9, 2016 at 3:41
  • 5
    It's also worth noting that this won't inject 'about-us' into the Breadcrumbs from plugins such as Yoast.
    – Mir
    Nov 8, 2018 at 22:23
  • 2
    @Mir any known workaround for that Yoast issue?
    – arvil
    Dec 12, 2018 at 1:00

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