We have added a custom rewrite_rule to our site to allow for a pretty inbound link to be parsed and handled properly. Links are constructed as domain.com/meetings/faculty/someIDnumber

add_action( "init", "pleasing_permalinks" );
function pleasing_permalinks() {
    add_rewrite_tag( '%hash%', '([^&]+)' );

Rewrite Analyzer approves of the above but when we test with actual links in the browser, the embedded ID number is not preserved. What are we missing here?

  • +1 for commenting out the flush_rewrite_rules, massive performance drop on 'init' – Tom J Nowell Mar 29 '13 at 22:52
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    are you testing domain.com/faculty/someIDnumber instead of domain.com/meetings/faculty/someIDnumber ? – birgire Mar 30 '13 at 11:41
  • No, sorry. That's a speed-typing omission. We are testing the correct paths. – JCL1178 Mar 31 '13 at 2:04

If faculty is a child page of meetings, the rule should be:


pagename=meetings/faculty instead of p=1598

EDIT- or alternately:


page_id=1598 instead of p=1598

  • 1598 is the page ID in question. Are you saying that we cannot use the direct ID as index.php?p=XXXX in the rewrite? – JCL1178 Apr 1 '13 at 17:28
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    you can't use p= for a page, use either the path or page_id=. – Milo Apr 1 '13 at 17:36

Have you tried using the first index rather than the second?


Arrays in PHP start at 0 not 1

  • <slowly and repeatedly slams head into desk>. I hope that isn't it. That's too easy – JCL1178 Mar 29 '13 at 22:55
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    That's not it. According to the Codex (codex.wordpress.org/Rewrite_API/add_rewrite_rule) "NOTE: When using $matches[] to retrieve the values of a matched URL, capture group data starts at 1, not 0." – JCL1178 Mar 30 '13 at 2:08

Just tested your code on a clean WP installation and was able to get the variable with:

echo $wp_query->query_vars['hash'];

Wordpress Codex - add_rewrite_tag:
Note that using $_GET on a rewritten URL will not work, even if the rewrite includes the querystring variables. You must use $wp_query.

Edit: As written in the correct answer 'p' must be replaced with 'page_id' to be able to keep the variables when redirecting to a post of type 'page'.

  • the issue was that WordPress will redirect and strip the extra parameter from the URL if your rule doesn't point to a valid object, in this case p= assumes the post post type while the desired post was of type page. it's not a matter of how to access the query var if you're redirected to a URI that no longer contains that query var. – Milo Apr 4 '13 at 22:09
  • Ah I see. I didn't understand the problem then. Thx for clearing that up! – Kim Apr 4 '13 at 23:21

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