WP No Category Base
404 Errors on all category pages (12 posts)

  1. Jive Dig
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm using v.7 of the plugin with this theme.

    Even when no other plugins are active, when i click either of my category pages i get a 404 File Not Found error.

    As soon as i deactivate WP NCB plugin, the page works fine - with the category base back in there. I'm not sure what else to try as this a basic attempt at using this plugin. For SEO purposes, i don't even want to use WP for my new site without relying on this plugin.

    I've tried lots of different permalink settings as well.

    Broken links:



  2. Jive Dig
    Posted 5 years ago #


    (the plugin is deactivated as of now, so the above links have the category base again)

    Still need a resolution!

  3. Generally we don't advocate bumping. A lot of us volunteers skim the 'No Replies' posts to see who needs help :)

    That plugin is a year old and not updated for 3.0 so ...

    Seeing as THIS works on 3.0 : http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-no-tag-base/

    I would suggest downloading both and comparing how it handles permalinks. Or test the no-tag one and if THAT works, then you'll know it's the plugin and not your site.

  4. Jive Dig
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Lots of posts are saying it works on 3.0. . . including the 17 votes on the actually plugin page.

    The plugin you're suggesting is for Tags though. . . and as far as i know, you can't make a Tag Page in WP, only a Category Page. . . which is the whole point of my issue to begin with.

    My apologies for bumping, almost a week went by, i thought my post got buried.

  5. If no one replies, it's generally because we don't have an answer.

    And I know that I suggested the one for tags.

    See when I said this:

    Or test the no-tag one and if THAT works, then you'll know it's the plugin and not your site.

    what I meant was 'If the tag-version of the plugin (which was based on the category one and, probably, works the same way) works, then you can determine it's the category plugin that's broken. If the tag-one does NOT work, then odds are it's your site.'

    It's debugging testing. Which, alas, only you can do.

    Try the standard plugin testing. Turn off EVERYTHING except that plugin and see if it works. Switch to the default (twenty ten) theme.

  6. Jive Dig
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Ahh. That makes total sense now that I re-read it.

    Now that I've played around with WP for a while, I'm starting to think it doesn't fit my needs as well. I'm now considering just switching to Rapidweaver. But that's a whole other issue ;)

  7. Totally understandable :)

    Sometimes you have to get into a product to know if it's what you need.

  8. bjorn1101
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I have similar problems with WP No Category Base, but it only affects one of my categories...the other works fine. Even with a category-news.php, I get a 404 if I navigate to /news or /category/news.

    I have turned off all other plugins, rebuilt my .htaccess, removed and reset permalink settings, deleted and rebuilt the category, and confirmed that the database isn't borked.

    The behavior is exhibited both on a local development workstation and on a testing server.

  9. Thorned Rose
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I would probably recommend at this point just avoiding the plugin full stop seeing as how many people seem to be having issues with it. You can do exactly the same thing as the plugin by adding something like this:
    RewriteRule ^category/(.+)$ http://www.yourblog.com/$1 [R=301,L]
    to your .htaccess :)

  10. Thorned Rose
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Rather ironically the .htaccess line I had above did NOTHING lol. I tried installing this plugin just to see if it worked and it did. Very odd. I can't fathom then why others would have an issue given I'm running WordPress 3.01.

    The only thing I could think of that may alter things is that I have a custom permalink structure of: /%year%/%category%/%postname%.html I don't normally bother with the .html on the end. Perhaps try adding that and see if it makes a difference?

  11. bjorn1101
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I have an update on my situation reported above. We used a set of dummy posts for development that included a page that claimed news. We deleted a page, but the permalink was still routing requests to the page, not the category. It may be a bug in either WordPress or No Category Base, but I haven't had a chance to look into it any more.

  12. David Jay
    Posted 5 years ago #

    My situation was a little different but I wanted to post it in case others have the same problem.

    After activating the No Category Base plug-in when I went to some blog posts I was shown the category page.

    After deactivating the plug-in I got a 404 error when I went to those blog posts.

    Turns out I had blog posts with the same URL as the new (i.e., without the /category/) category pages.

    I changed the slug on the affected categories and everything was fine. Maybe this warning is there somewhere and I didn't read all the fine print, but if not perhaps it should be added as a warning.

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