This is a fix of the Top Level Category plugin for WordPress 3.1. and further versions. It’s purpose is to provide the same behaviour as the original plugin, but in new WordPress versions.
The Top Level Categories plugin allows you to remove the prefix before the URL to your category page. For example, instead of http://foliovision.com/category/work, you can use http://foliovision.com/work for the address of “work” category. WordPress doesn’t allow you to have a blank prefix for categories (they insert
category/ before the name), this plugin works around that restriction.
This plugin works also if you have a permalink structure like %postname% or %category%/%postname% — this wasn’t possible in the original version. However, this feature might not work properly for child categories at this point. Test carefully!
Known Issues / Bugs
- Issue with paging and feed URLs when using
%category%/%postname%permalink structure should be fixed.
- Deactivate the plugin
- That’s it! 🙂
- Copy the
top-level-cats.phpfile into your
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- That’s it! 🙂
How do I automatically redirect people from the old category permalink?
We recommend that you use the Redirection plugin and add your old an new category links, or use a Regex redirection rule. Make sure you change Tools -> Redirection -> Options -> URL Monitoring to “Don’t monitor”, as there is a bug in that feature (also in latest current version 2.2.5) – not related to FV Top Level Categories.
I’m having issues with child categories when I’m using /%category%/%postname% permalink structure
Make sure your categories have unique slugs – watch out for pages with the same slugs. Normally WordPress uses the category prefix to distinguish page from a category, but with this plugin you need to make sure the slugs are unique, otherwise some pages might turn up instead of categories.
Contributors and Developers
“FV Top Level Categories” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.Contributors
“FV Top Level Categories” has been translated into 5 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.
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Version 1.9.1 – November 28th, 2019
- Assing GPL licence info
Tested with WordPress 5.3
Bugfix for AMP category URLs
Version 1.9 – June 1st, 2018
- Bugfix for AMP category URLs
Version 1.8.2 – May 26th, 2016
- Self-checking for rewrite rules
Version 1.8.1 – April 7th, 2016
- Fix for PHP warnings
Version 1.8 – May 22th, 2015
- Fix for paginated category archives when using custom pagination_base – thanks to odie2!
- Fix for settings link in plugin row – thanks to odie2!
Version 1.7 – May 12th, 2015
- Added Polish translation – thanks to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Added Portuguese translation – thanks to Pedro Mendonça
Version 1.6 – September 19th, 2014
- Adding support for translations ( Slovak language added )
Version 1.5 – July 22nd, 2014
- Settings screen added!
- Category restrictions for post permalinks added! If you use post permalink structure with category in it, you can now restrict which categories will be allowed in the URL. WordPress always picks the category with lowest category ID and that often causes inappropriate categories to show up in URLs – like /featured-content/2014/07/my-post”
- Or you can simply force only the parent categories to show up in post URLs. So /parent-category/child-category/2014/07/my-post will change to /parent-category/2014/07/my-post
- If you open the old post URL, proper 301 redirection to the new URL will be used.
- fix for WordPress 3.4.1 – category prefix was part of the generated URLs
- fix for flushing of rewrite rules on plugin activation in WP 3.3
- fix for WP 3.3
- fix for /%category%/%post-name% permalink structure
- fix for deeper nested pages
- fix for /category/child-category redirecting to /child-category page
- fix for deeper nested categories
- fix for WP 3.1
- original version