How to Add ‘/blog/’ to the WordPress Post URLs

Recently while working on the client’s project, we wanted to add a string ‘/blog/’ to the WordPress post URLs. Usually we set permalink structure to Post name which generate the following URL format for your posts.


Where ‘hello-world’ is the slug created by WordPress based on the name of post.

After adding ‘/blog/’ to the post URLs the URL will look like this:


Here the string ‘blog’ in the URL clearly indicates this is the post URL. Having said that, let’s take a look at how one can achieve this on their WordPress website.

Add ‘/blog/’ to the WordPress Post URLs

Login to your WordPress dashboard and go to Settings->Permalink. On this page, choose the option Custom Structure and enter /blog/%postname%/ in the given field. Refer to the screenshot below.


Hit the Save Changes button, otherwise it will not take effect. Now check your post and category URLs, it should contain the ‘/blog/’ in their URLs.

But wait our job is not over yet. The above steps will also affect your custom post type and custom taxonomy URLs.

Let’s say you have a custom post type ‘product’ and custom taxonomy ‘product_cat’ on your website. After performing the above steps this post type and taxonomy URLs will also contain ‘/blog/’ as follows.


Most probably you don’t want this format. To remove ‘/blog/’ from your custom post type and taxonomy URLs you have to add one more parameter to the rewrite rule.

While creating the post type, we use the register_post_type() method. In the case of custom taxonomy, the method register_taxonomy() is used.

Both these methods have a rewrite key. To this parameter, you require to pass the key 'with_front' => false to keep your URLs intact. Your code will be something like below.

// custom post type 'product'
register_post_type( 'product',
        'rewrite' => array('slug' => 'product', 'with_front' => false),

// custom taxonomy 'product_cat'
        'rewrite' => array('slug' => 'product_cat', 'with_front' => false),

Once you added 'with_front' => false as shown above, you must update the permalinks on Settings->Permalink page. After this you will see ‘/blog/’ is added only to your default posts and categories. Your custom post types and custom taxonomy URLs remain intact.

In this tutorial, we added the string ‘/blog/’ to the WordPress post URLs. If needed you can use any other string and follow the same steps defined in the article.

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