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We NEED support for Pretty Permalinks

No user would dispute we need to solve the permalink issue. If you do not know, you MUST use the default permalink settings or your products will 404. User's like me also run a blog on their site and need custom permalinks for SEO and to make it easier on users to remember certain URLS (like "/blog")
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    Ampix0Ampix0 shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    declined  ·  MagnusMagnus responded  · 

    WooCommerce fully supports pretty permalinks.


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      • John TulleyJohn Tulley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm looking for a simple way to remove /product & /product-category from WooCommerce Urls to make them SEO friendly. The only way this seems to be possible is to pay $119 for a third party plugin, why is something so fundamental not included natively in Woocommerce. I don't want to start delving into code to try and fix this myself as I'm not an expert in software dev.

      • commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Crazy that this is not fixed natively in woocommerce.

        There is a very quick fix to match the bases though.

        Paste in the little code into your functions.php. Custom the base url in that code to match what you are setting in the permalinks settings. Just tested, works perfect.

        Shame on Woocommerce for not addressing this in 5+ years.

      • JesseJesse commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Like others, I'm converting a site from wp-ecommerce where this works out of the box, and quite surprised to find this is still not working for woocommerce after years(4?!) of requests. This could be worked around by eg. mod_proxy in apache, but not everyone has that option, and it really feels broken to not work.

      • TinkerMakeTinkerMake commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @FadingMusic's recommendation worked just fine...

        "Well, it's possible if you use product category base with a capital in it. (works only with capital S or it will give you a 404 error)"

      • ANo.1ANo.1 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        just try to activate htaccess file so that the permalinks can be overwritten. You have to do that with your webhosting provider. That worked for me. It wasn't about what to tick or not tick in the settings.
        Now what is this anyway, an add page for some expensive plugin ?? If that is the case, shame on you.

      • Stevie KStevie K commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You guys, dont worry about it. There is a perfect working solution for this problem. Im using it in 2 woocommerce shops and it is fancy :-) go for 'perfect seo url for woocommerce' in Google. The website will show up, costs 119 dollar. But works awesome :) Good luck my friends!

      • FadingMusicFadingMusic commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Well, it's possible if you use product category base with a capital in it. (works only with capital S or it will give you a 404 error)

      • odessaodessa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I thought it was just me and I am coming from using wp ecommerce to woocommerce and I am almost ready to switch back because of this issue alone. It is very important that the permalink structure is consistent. I have been searching for a fix for hours and I ended up no where but here complaining like everyone else. I don't even understand how something this important hasn't been fixed in TWO YEARS of people complaining about it.

      • RezRez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How can (Magnus) say... "WooCommerce fully supports pretty permalinks" when it clearly doesnt.

        A pretty permalink structure would allow:

        /shop/ -> Full Products Index page
        /shop/product-category/ -> Product Category Index Page
        /shop/product-category/product-name/ -> Product Permalink Page

        ... in the same format that a user would backtrack via breadcrumbs

      • Mark RoyMark Roy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just paid for the social login plugin and can't use it because I don't have permalinks set up. I've tried to set up pretty permalinks several times in the last year, but despite what Magnus' comment says this function does not work properly in WooCommerce.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi how can you change websitename/product-category/quilts/children-quilt/ where the actual product category is "quilts" and sub cat is "children-quilts"

        How can we remove the word "product-category" ?


      • LauraLaura commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Unbelievable that this problem still exists after 2 years of complaints.

      • Jay DoubleuJay Doubleu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please fix the deep-linking of product permalinks, as a site owner, you shouldn't be technology forced to us a completely different permalink structure for products, than you do your store/categories.

        This is not resolved.

      • Jay DoubleuJay Doubleu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sure this broken and glaring issue gets resolved with WooCommerce 2.2 cuz it's clearly busted.

      • CFCF commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Magnus: I have spent many hours testing various permalink settings and none will create an SEO Silo structured URL architecture without 404 errors at the product page. It works up to the product page and then 404's. This is a Woocommerce deal breaker and needs to be fixed. Listen to your customers!

      • PimPim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No it doesn't.

        "/product-cat/product_subcat/product" doesn't work by default and there is currently no fix that I know of to make it work, either. It seems like a pretty damn essential feature to me, if you want to get anything serious done.

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