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Top Level Categories


The Top Level Categories plugin allows you to remove the prefix before the URL to your category page. For example, instead of, I use for the address my “work” category. WordPress doesn’t allow you to have a blank prefix for categories (they insert category/ before the name), this plugin works around that restriction.

Known Issues / Bugs

  1. This plugin will not work if you have a permalink structure like %postname or %category%/%postname% — there is currently no workaround


  1. Deactivate the plugin
  2. That’s it! 🙂


  1. Copy the top-level-cats.php file into your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. That’s it! 🙂


My links are broken when using `%postname` or `%category%/%postname%` as my permalink structure

This is a known issue, for which there is unfortunately no good workaround. If you add a suffix to your permalink structure (such as .html) you can fix this issue. For example, try %category%/%postname%.html — I realize this is not ideal, but there is no good solution for this issue.

How do I automatically redirect people from the old category permalink?

Use the Permalink Redirect Plugin

I’m getting 404 errors when I click on my category link

First, make sure that you’ve followed the installation instructions — you must manually update your permalink structure (in the ‘Options’ -> ‘Permalinks’ section of your admin). If that doesn’t work, then let me know!

I’ve found a bug, how can I tell you about it so you’ll fix it for me?

Go to and fill out the contact form. Make sure you let me know the following:

  • What version of WordPress you’re using
  • What other plugins you’re running
  • What your permalink structure is
  • Exactly what problem you’re seeing

Unfortunately, I do have a life outside of this plugin, so don’t be sad if I don’t fix the bug within 5 minutes.

Contributors & Developers

“Top Level Categories” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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