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How to remove /category from URL

  • I’m sure this question has been answered before, but I’ve spent two hours searching here and on google without finding it, so I promise I’m not intentionally wasting your time.

    I have 3 different sites on 3 different themes and they are all suffering from this same problem. I have created categories and put them in a menu. When you go to those pages though, the URL has an added /category before my custom named category. So…

    My URL looks like this
    mysite.com/category/my-custom-category

    I want a URL like this:
    mysite.com/my-custom-category

    What do I need to change? I kind of thought it was theme specific, but it’s happening on all my themes.

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  • Let me add a little detail. What I eventually want is to be able to silo the site structure so it looks like

    mysite.com/my-custom-category/name-of-blog-post

    I realize that if I use a page instead of a category in the menu I can get the URL to be:

    mysite.com/my-page

    Can I add posts to that page though so that a post will show up as

    mysite.com/my-page/name-of-blog-post

    If you go to your WordPress sites Settings and choose Permalinks, you can mark the box by “Post name” and save changes. You can try putting a slash in the “Category base” field there, too, but that didn’t work for me.

    There are plugins that can remove “category” from the URL. Currently I am using Yoast WordPressSEO, then you go to Permalinks and choose to “Strip the category base”.

    Thanks for the reply. I eventually found this plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/no-category-base-wpml/)
    and it worked out fine. I hadn’t pplayed around with that yoast one before, but it’s pretty slick. I couldn’t get the /category removal function to work on it, but the xml sitemap and in-post SEO is pretty nice.

    Yes, the timing was weird on that recommendation: at this time the Yoast SEO plugin has had an update that’s nerfed the category removal function, but as he is a trusted member of the WordPress community and famed plugin creator, I am sure it will be sorted out soon.

    Good to know. I wasn’t sure if there was a conflict or what with the /category function.

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