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FV Top Level Categories

This is a fix of Top Level Categories plugin for Wordpress 3.1. and above.

This is a fix of Top Level Category plugin for Wordpress 3.1. and further versions. It's purpose is to provide the same behavior 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, you can use 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!


Author Foliovision
Contributors FolioVision
Tags categories, permalink
  1. Copy the top-level-cats.php file into your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. That's it! :)

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
  • 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.

Version 1.4

  • fix for Wordpress 3.4.1 - category prefix was part of the generated URLs

Version 1.3

  • for for flushing of rewrite rules on plugin activation in WP 3.3

Version 1.2

  • fix for WP 3.3
  • fix for /%categor%/%post-name% permalink structure

Version 1.1.3

  • fix for deeper nested pages

Version 1.1.2

  • fix for /category/child-category redirecting to /child-category page

Version 1.1.1

  • fix for deeper nested categories

Version 1.1

  • fix for WP 3.1

Version 1.0.1

  • original version

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.

Known Issues / Bugs

  1. Issue with paging and feed URLs when using %postname or %category%/%postname% permalink structure should be fixed.


  1. Deactivate the plugin
  2. That's it! :)
Version 1.8.2

Requires WordPress version: 3.2.1 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 08 Dec 2016

Date Added: 18 Mar 2011

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