I have a page called "People" with a custom template that takes in a variable called name:


What I want is this:


I know I need to use the add_rewrite_rule and add_rewrite_tag calls but I'm not sure how to achieve my desired result. I've tried this but I get a php error:


The error I get is: "Fatal error: Call to a member function add_rule() on a non-object"

I think I'm on the right path. I'm very knowledgeable with WP but this is my first attempt to the rewrite rule.


----- EDIT ----- I've updated the code. I no longer get an error but nothing "happens"

function rewrite_rule_people() {
    global $wp_rewrite;
add_action( 'init', 'rewrite_rule_people' );

going to /people/?name=JohnSmith doesn't change the url to /people/JohnSmith

  • Be careful about using $wp_rewrite->flush_rules() as it's pretty hefty, programmatically speaking. You can achieve the same effect by going to Settings->Permalinks in the admin screens and saving your Permalink settings. See codex.wordpress.org/Rewrite_API/flush_rules
    – Pat J
    Apr 11, 2013 at 16:53

1 Answer 1


You need to use your page id of "People" page. If i assume it is 12 then this will do,

  • added the page id (and some additional code). Now I'm no longer getting an error but the url doesn't respond to the rewrite. (see edit)
    – dcp3450
    Apr 11, 2013 at 15:59
  • @dcp3450 Try adding "/?" at end of rewrite rule Apr 11, 2013 at 16:02
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    @dcp3450 you no longer need to go to "people?name=xxx", after adding rewrite rule, you have to use new url "people/JohnSmith" Apr 11, 2013 at 16:07
  • adding the "/?" worked. thanks!
    – dcp3450
    Apr 11, 2013 at 17:50
  • Adding /? to the end simply makes the trailing slash in the request an optional part of the URL, ie. people/SomePerson and people/SomePerson/ are both valid, without the trailing slash only the former is accounted for. Stated for anyone curious to know what that part of the code does.
    – t31os
    Apr 12, 2013 at 8:37

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