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How to Remove Parent Slug From Child Page URL in WordPress

Do you want to remove the parent page slug from child page url in WordPress? By default, WordPress adds parent page’s slug as a prefix to child page URLs which is good for SEO. However, some people may not want parent page slug in the URL. In this article, we will show you how to remove parent page slug from child page URL in WordPress.

Remove parent page slug from child page URL

What is a Parent Page Slug in WordPress?

WordPress comes with two main content types called posts and pages. Pages are hierarchical which means they can have child pages. By default, the URL of a child page in WordPress will have its parent page’s slug in the URL like:

This is a better way to organize content if you are using hierarchical page structure on your website. It is considered best practice for WordPress SEO, and it makes sense for your users as well.

Removing the parent page slug can potentially break the URL, but in some expert opinion, it also makes it less SEO friendly. Sometimes it may cause conflicts with the WordPress permalink structure.

In our experience, if you don’t want parent page slug in your child page URL, then the best approach is to not create a child page at all. Instead, you can simply create a page and use navigation menus to show that it belongs under this page.

Adding child items to a menu

However, we understand that some users may still want to use child-pages for their own reasons.

That being said, let’s take a look at how to easily remove parent page slug from child page URL in WordPress.

Removing Parent Page Slug from Child Page URL in WordPress

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Custom Permalinks plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to edit the child page you want to change. Under the page title, you will see the option to change the child page URL.

Change child page URL

The placeholder area will show your page’s current default URL. You need to click on it and enter the custom URL you want to use for your child page.

Custom page URL

Don’t forget to save your page to store your URL changes.

After saving your changes, you can click on the view page button to view your child page URL without parent page slug.

We hope this article helped you learn how to remove parent page slug from child page URL in WordPress. You may also want to see our list of the best drag and drop page builder plugins for WordPress.

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  1. I have changed my page url from education to education-information. But when I click on that page.. it is showing the old page with a message page not found 404 error.. and when click on the page for 2nd time it is going to the concerned page. what should I do?

    • You would want to ensure you clear any caching on your site and ensure your redirect is set up properly


  2. What about 301 redirects? I recommend setting up these redirects if you update URLs (Google might have indexed the old version of the URL or users may have saved those links).

  3. Awesome post.
    Is there any other way to change the url without installing the plugin?
    Thanks you!

  4. Awesome! I was looking for this technique for ages. I would really love if you could share any approach other than using a plugin.

    But, still i love this technique. Thanks

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