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php – WordPress custom permalinks using .htaccess

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


Currently I added custom structure for posts premalinks /post/%post_id% through permalinks settings in Admin.

Since I need to rewrite permalinks for categories, tags and author pages as follow:


Current /post/category/category_name to /category_name


Current /post/tag/tag_name to tag/tag_name


Current /post/author/author_username to /author/author_username

I tried to create custom RewriteRule in .htaccess, which didn`t work at all:

RewriteRule ^/([^/]*)$ ./post/category/$1 [L]
RewriteRule ^/tag/([^/]*)$ ./post/tag/$1 [L]
RewriteRule ^/author/([^/]*)$ ./post/auhtor/$1 [L]

Any help with .htaccess rules coding to achieve such permalinks is much appreciated.

How to&Answers:
  1. Make sure you have rewrite engine on in your apache configuration
  2. Login to your WordPress with administrative rights and go to Settings -> Permalinks as shown into attached three images.
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  3. If permalink is not updated, then you don’t have write access to root of website or rewrite module of apache is not enabled.
  4. If permalink message appears, it means it also created .htaccess in the root of WordPress site.

This way you can achieve following url formats:







Note: it is always best practice to prefix url so for category,
/category prefix should be added into path rather than directly
accessing it because wordpress have page and post which are accessed
directly without any prefix generally.


I didn’t test with WordPress, but with http://htaccess.mwl.be/

You were pretty close:

RewriteRule ^([^/]+)$ /post/category/$1 [L]
RewriteRule ^tag/([^/]+)$ /post/tag/$1 [L]
RewriteRule ^author/([^/]+)$ /post/author/$1 [L]


I didn’t test with WordPress, but with http://htaccess.mwl.be/

Options -MultiViews
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^/([^/]*)$ ./post/category/$1 [L]
RewriteRule ^/tag/([^/]*)$ ./post/tag/$1 [L]
RewriteRule ^/author/([^/]*)$ ./post/auhtor/$1 [L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]


If you are not doing a pretty high-performance Project, i would strongly suggest noch to mess around with the WordPress standard .htaccess and instead use WordPress internal functions to accomplish the same task. Despite a cleaner Project this would also make your solution Webserver agnostic (who knows if you want to switch to NGINX or something else in the future).

WordPress main function that should help you quite a bit is add_rewrite_rule. As an example your category link could look like that:

  // place this rule inside function.php
  add_action("init", function() {
      add_rewrite_rule('^([^/]+)/?', 'index.php?category_name=$matches[1]', 'top');

Though you should bear in mind, that the regex should have exceptions for other ‘top-level’ objects.

An important note from the wordpress docs:
After adding new rules you have to flush the rules table: From WordPress Administration Screens, Select Settings -> Permalinks and just click Save Changes without any changes.

There is also a plugin called Rewrite available. As it has not been updated for a long time, i would not suggest using it in Production, but its code could server as a source of inspiration.