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How to Remove v=XXXX string from WordPress URLs

Are you seeing strange v=xxxx string in your WordPress URLs? Recently, one of our readers asked us how to get rid of v=xxxx string from their WordPress URLs. This string is made up of seemingly random letter and numbers added as a parameter to your permalinks. In this article, we will show you how to easily remove v=xxxx string from your WordPress URLs.

How to Remove v=xxxx string from WordPress URLs

Why Are You Seeing v=XXXX String in Your WordPress URLs?

This string appears on websites running an online store using WooCommerce. It is not a bug or an error, but an actual feature of the plugin.

String with letters and numbers added to WordPress URLs by WooCommerce

The purpose of this string is to help WooCommerce calculate tax and shipping based on a user’s geographic location. The string helps make the feature compatible with WordPress caching plugins like WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache.

However, if you don’t need to calculate shipping and taxes based on different locations, then you probably accidentally enabled this feature.

Let’s take a look at how to easily disable it and remove the random v=xxxxxx strings from your WordPress URLs.

Removing v=xxxx String from WordPress URLs

First you need to login to your WordPress admin area and head over to the WooCommerce » Settings page.

Under the General tab, you need to scroll down to ‘Default customer location’ option.

Disable Geolocation

It would be set to ‘Geolocate (with page caching support)’. You need to change it to either ‘No location by default’ or ‘Shop base address’.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.

If you are using a caching plugin, then you will need to clear your WordPress cache. After that you can visit your website, and the geolocation string will disappear from your WordPress URLs.

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How to GeoLocate Default Location Without the URL String?

You can do that by selecting the ‘Geolocate’ option in the ‘Default customer location’ setting.

Geolocate without caching

However, this option is not compatible with static caching plugins, and it will show incorrect shipping and tax information to users due to previously cached page.

Running WooCommerce without caching is not recommended because it will slow down your site’s speed and performance.

If you must use Geolocate to calculate shipping and taxes on the fly, then for the time being you will have to tolerate the ugly v=xxxx string in your WordPress URLs.

We hope this article helped you learn how to remove v=xxxx string from your WordPress URLs. You may also want to see our ultimate list of the most common WordPress errors and how to fix them.

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  1. OMG!! Thanks a lot!! it freaks me out
    but the thing is that does the V### code affect web Search ranking?

    • It does not affect your search rankings, it is for tracking user location.

      Admin

  2. The problem is, I didnt know about this ulr change until I logged out of WP. Now I am unable to log back in. What do I do???

    • Normally it should not and most SEO plugins can fix any issues that may pop up.

      Admin

  3. OMG!!!!! This just made my day. I have been trying to figure this out since forever. thank you guys so mcuh !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Wow! worked like magic. I have been fruastrated for weeks trying to figure this out – I thought it was my Theme.
    Thank you for helping me out.

  5. Ohhhh MG! I just “adopted” a website and no one knew why this was. They had a strange theme previously and had over 30 plugins. I’ve been searching files, scouring the waterfall, spent HOURS digging in FTP never once thought it was caused by this.
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  6. Wow, it’s worked for me by switching Default customer location to geolocate. Thank you very much

  7. Thanks for such informative article. By mistake, I switched the option for Geo-Location Caching and started this error. Thanks for this wonderful piece.

  8. Wow! I’m very happy now , I never thought I would remove minemine, my mind is at rest now . Thank you so much boss.

  9. Awesomeeeee! I’ve never thought that the ?v= parameters on all my pages came from woocommerce, I was struggling with w3 cache and other plugins and it was woocommerce! thanks!!!

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