Custom permalinks – post type – hierarchical taxonomy’s

The question:

I did folowed the steps / solution from Jeff it helped me alot with he’s settings, got it for about 90% working properly. But getting stuck on the post / postname. It loads now the producten/%taxonomy_products%/ without the 404 errors. But when i click further on a post i get the 404 errors again.

Maybe you can see what i’am doing wrong?

Custom post type and taxonomy settings ‘Sorry for the dutch words’ :

    add_action( 'init', 'products_taxonomy_options' );
function products_taxonomy_options() {

//=============== Register custom post type - PRODUCTS ================

  array( 'label'                    => __('Producten'), // Postype
         'labels'                   => array( 'name'                => __('Producten'),
                                              'singular_name'       => __('Producten'),
                                              'add_new'             => __('Product toevoegen'),
                                              'add_new_item'        => __('Nieuw product'),
                                              'edit_item'           => __('Wijzig product'),
                                              'new_item'            => __('Nieuw product'),
                                              'all_items'           => __('Alle producten'),
                                              'view_item'           => __('Bekijk producten'),
                                              'search_items'        => __('Zoek producten'),
                                              'not_found'           => __('Er zijn geen producten gevonden'),
                                              'not_found_in_trash'  => __('Geen producten gevonden in de prullenbak')                                   
          'public'                  => true,
          'can_export'              => true,
          'show_ui'                 => true,    // UI in admin panel
          '_builtin'                => false,   // It's a custom post type, not built in
          '_edit_link'              => 'post.php?post=%d',
          'capability_type'         => 'post',
          //'menu_icon'             => get_bloginfo('template_url').'/images/favicon.ico',
          'hierarchical'            => true,
          'rewrite'                 => array(   "slug" => "producten"), // Permalinks
          'supports'                => array(   'title',
          'show_in_menu'            => true,
          'taxonomies'              => array('productcat')

//=============== Register custom taxonomy - PRODUCTS CATEGORY ================ 

register_taxonomy(  "productcat", 
                array(  "products"  ), 
                array ( "hierarchical"      => true, 
                        "label"             => "Product categorieën", 
                        'labels'            => array(   'name'              => __('Product categorieën'),
                                                        'singular_name'     => __('Product categorie'),
                                                        'search_items'      => __('Categorieën zoeken'),
                                                        'popular_items'     => __('Populaire categorieën'),
                                                        'all_items'         => __('Alle categorieën'),
                                                        'parent_item'       => __('Huidige categorie'),
                                                        'parent_item_colon' => __('Huidige categorie:'),
                                                        'edit_item'         => __('Wijzig categorie'),
                                                        'update_item'       => __('Update categorie'),
                                                        'add_new_item'      => __('Nieuwe categorie toevoegen'),
                                                        'new_item_name'     => __('Nieuwe categorie')
                          'show_ui'         => false,
                          'query_var'       => true,
                          '_builtin'        => false,
                          'paged'           => true,
                          'rewrite'         => array(   'hierarchical'      => true, 
                                                        'slug'              =>'products',
                                                        'with_front'        => false


Jeff’s settings:

add_filter('rewrite_rules_array', 'mmp_rewrite_rules');
function mmp_rewrite_rules($rules) {
    $newRules  = array();
    $newRules['producten/(.+)/(.+)/(.+)/(.+)/?$'] = 'index.php?products=$matches[4]'; // my custom structure will also have the post name as the 5th uri segment
    $newRules['producten/(.+)/?$']                = 'index.php?productcat=$matches[1]'; 

    return array_merge($newRules, $rules);

function filter_post_type_link($link, $post)
    if ($post->post_type != 'products')
        return $link;

    if ($cats = get_the_terms($post->ID, 'productcat'))
        $link = str_replace('%taxonomy_products%', get_taxonomy_parents(array_pop($cats)->term_id, 'productcat', false, '/', true), $link); // see custom function defined below
    return $link;
add_filter('post_type_link', 'filter_post_type_link', 10, 2);

// my own function to do what get_category_parents does for other taxonomies
function get_taxonomy_parents($id, $taxonomy, $link = false, $separator = '/', $nicename = false, $visited = array()) {    
    $chain = '';   
    $parent = &get_term($id, $taxonomy);

    if (is_wp_error($parent)) {
        return $parent;

    if ($nicename)    
        $name = $parent -> slug;        
        $name = $parent -> name;

    if ($parent -> parent && ($parent -> parent != $parent -> term_id) && !in_array($parent -> parent, $visited)) {    
        $visited[] = $parent -> parent;    
        $chain .= get_taxonomy_parents($parent -> parent, $taxonomy, $link, $separator, $nicename, $visited);


    if ($link) {
        // nothing, can't get this working :(
    } else    
        $chain .= $name . $separator;    
    return $chain;    

Permalink settings:


Working with the Taxonomic SEO Permalink plugin


The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

Thanks for referencing my solution. You forgot one part though – defining the rewrite of your cpt. From my solution:

First get your slugs right when defining your custom post types and
taxonomies: for the custom post type it should be
basename/%taxonomy_name% and the slug for your taxonomy should be
just basename. Dont forget to also add ‘hierarchical’ => true to the
taxonomy rewrite array to get nested terms in your url. Also make sure
query_var is set to true in both cases.

So in your case your rewrite for your custom post type should be producten/%productcat%. Also it looks like in my filter_post_type_link function you need to change %taxonomy_products% to %productcat%.

Hopefully that will make it work!

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