Wordpress Tips:
How to remove the "category" suffix
in the category permalinks

By Joan Piedra
Inspired by Category Base Removal Plugin

Step #1: Control Panel

  1. Login into your Control Panel
  2. Open the Permalinks section in Settings menu
  3. Choose Custom Structure and write the following /%category%/%postname%
  4. Leave the Category base field empty
  5. Save your changes

Step #2: Editing the functions.php

Add the following in your functions.php inside your current theme.

function kill_category_base ($string) {
	$string = str_replace('category/', '', $string);
	return $string;
add_filter('category_link', 'kill_category_base');

Step #3: Editing the .htaccess

Change the following lines in your current .htaccess

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]

For the following

# remove the category suffix - by Joan Piedra
# http://joanpiedra.com/wordpress/remove-category-suffix-permalink
RewriteRule ^(feed|comments)/(rss|feed)$ index.php/$1/$2 [L]  # filter rss feeds
RewriteRule ^([^/.]+)/(page/([0-9]+)|feed)$ index.php/category/$1/$2 [L]  # redirect category pages and feeds

# redirect everything else to wordpress
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ index.php [L]

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