How do I add /blog/ as a prefix to permalink structure for blog posts, tag pages, etc.?

The question:

I’m using WordPress 3.1.3 as a full CMS, installed in the root directory of a domain. I have it setup using the built in options to have a static page as the home page, and then my blog at

What I would like is to have my single blog posts, category pages, archive pages, and tag pages, and any other blog-related pages have the “prefix” of /blog/ in their link structure. So a post URL would be

Right now, I only have the category pages working correctly. This was accomplished by adding the following line to my .htacces file:

RewriteRule ^category/(.+)$$1 [R=301,L]

Then, I set the Category Base to “blog” on the Permalinks Settings page in WordPress. This gives category pages the URL of: (without removing the category prefix in .htaccess, they had the URL category/blog/category-name).

In an attempt to get this working for the other things I want it to work for, I set my Tag Base to “blog.” I also made my Custom Permalink Structure: /blog/%postname% (as suggested by a few threads I’ve found searching on Google).

These settings give the URLs for the single blog posts, tags pages, and archive pages the URL structure I’m looking for. However, it makes them all lead to 404 errors.

I deleted my .htaccess file to ensure WordPress was writing to it, and it is. If I remove the /blog/ from the permalink structure, everything works correctly, but I no longer have the URL structure I’m looking for.

I’m at a loss as to what I should do. I keep reading threads and guides saying this is as simple as adding /blog/ to the permalink structure, but so far it hasn’t been nearly that simple.

I would be very grateful if anyone knows how I can get this to work.

.htaccess contents:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On 
RewriteBase / 
RewriteRule ^index.php$ - [L] 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f 
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d 
RewriteRule . /index.php [L] 

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

Go to Settings>Permalinks and add it to the permalink structures

Method 2

You get 404 errors when you add “/blog/” to the custom permalink structure and then also add “/blog/” to the category base. It should only be added to one, the custom permalink structure.

If you leave your category base and tag base blank and just add “/blog/” to the front of the custom permalink structure to make it look like this “/blog/%postname% – this will get the desired result.

Your pages will look like this:
Your post URL will look like this:
Your category URL will look like this –

Hopefully this is useful…

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