After Categories set to Parent – Redirection Settings no longer take hold

  • Hi there. I already have had the strip category base set on my website.

    All pages on the site generally look like this:

    This is for blog posts and pages. Products have the /shop/ inserted, but products are FINE in this particular case.

    The majority of the blog posts and pages are still correct as well.

    The ONLY ones I’m having issues with are where I added categories to the parent a couple of days ago. Our best page on the site SEO wise is our Women who Wrestle page here:

    You will see on this page all of the ladies flowing below. I read somewhere that SEO works better if you tell Google what the pages are about by doing a hierarchy.

    Thus, I set EACH of the women on that page to the parent of Women Who Wrestle.

    My issue now is that the links have changed from this: (as one example:

    to this:

    Thankfully, everything is redirecting fine. The only thing is the URL is not very “pretty” so to speak.

    Everywhere else on the site is working fine as I have not set anymore parents to any other postings just yet. However, before I do, I want to make sure it’s not going to show up in the URL itself.

    That’s what I’m looking to prevent happening if you know an easy way to do so.

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  • Hi Johny,

    Did you make some changes recently?

    This URL:

    Is redirecting to this:

    Did you manage to fix this issue or are we missing something?

    I have removed each page from the new parent “Women Who Wrestle” because I’m afraid I might have already messed up my rankings (it’s been 3-4 days since I made the change and have not been able to find a solution) and I really hate the way the URL’s look as it’s inserting the “Women Who Wrestle” each time even though we have it set not to do that.

    My question is:

    – how crucial is it SEO wise to have the Women Who Wrestle be the parent of every lady who has ever wrestled for us page wise? I would think it’s a wise move, but I want the URL’s to look correct first and foremost. What to do?

    Hi Johny,

    Having “Women Who Wrestle” as part of your URLs is a good choice if you are trying to rank each of the content pieces in it for a variation of that keyword. Do make sure that it doesn’t look spammy though which would have a negative effect on your rankings.

    Hope that helps and please do not hesitate to let us know if you need our assistance with anything else.

    It’s not spammy. Each of the Women Who Wrestle I would like to put under that parent.

    However, the parent shows in the URL and that’s the whole reason I opened this in the first place.

    I can’t get it to NOT show in the URL, even with the strip category base options and changing things in permalink settings in WP.


    Hi Johnny,

    The logins no longer work.

    What happens when you disable Rank Math? What is the URL you see?

    I want to keep this thread open as I intend to test this on a testing site.

    Will let you know within a few days.

    Hi there,

    It has already been a few days, did you get a chance to test this out?

    We are looking forward to helping you. Thank you.


    I have updated the sensitive data as requested. Can you please check further?

    Thank you.


    Since we did not hear back from you for 15 days, we are assuming that you found the solution. We are closing this support ticket.

    If you still need assistance or any other help, please feel free to open a new support ticket, and we will be more than happy to assist.

    Thank you.

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