The One with the Thoughts of Frans

Teaching WordPress Some Manners: Enabling Day/Month/Year Archives

WordPress can’t cope with day/month/year (/%day%/%monthnum%/%year%/) permalinks properly by default. I had no idea because I’ve always used year/month[/day]. It’s fine for the posts, but in the archives /date/month/year fails. Luckily WP (WordPress) supports plugins in a clever manner, and it has a great API (application programming interface).

Initially I tried the WP API:

add_rewrite_rule('date/(\d{1,2})/(\d{4})', 'index.php?m=$matches[2]$matches[1]', 'top');

This kept giving me an error which I couldn’t (be bothered to) debug since it went several functions deep into the WP core, so I gave up on the API and circumvented it with the help of something I found.

Anyhow, here’s the plugin. Save in a file named rewrite-day-month-year.php or just name it whatever you like.

Plugin Name: Rewrite Rules for Day/Month/Year
Plugin URI: //
Description: WordPress can't cope with /%day%/%monthnum%/%year%/ for some reason. That is to day, it fails when you try to go for an archive in the form of /date/month/year/ This teaches it some manners. Probably/hopefully shouldn't interfere with other structures, but why you'd activate it if you don't need it I wouldn't know.
Version: 1.0
License: GPL
Author: Frans
Author URI: //

Based on

function test_add_rewrite_rules( $wp_rewrite ) {
	$new_rules = array(
		"date/(\d{2})/(\d{4})" => 'index.php?m=' . $wp_rewrite->preg_index(2) . $wp_rewrite->preg_index(1),
		"date/(\d{4})" => 'index.php?year=' . $wp_rewrite->preg_index(1)
	$wp_rewrite->rules = $new_rules + $wp_rewrite->rules; //NOTE: You must add it to the start of the array, Else WP's greedy rules at the end of the array will eat the request

register_activation_hook( __FILE__, 'flush_rules_initiate' );
register_deactivation_hook( __FILE__, 'test_flush_rules' );
// add_action('init','test_flush_rules'); // for testing

function flush_rules_initiate() {
	// Add the permalink override stuff
	add_action('generate_rewrite_rules', 'test_add_rewrite_rules');

function test_flush_rules(){
	//Flush the rewrite rules so that the new rules from this plugin get added,
	//This should only be done when the rewrite rules are changing, Ie. When this plugin is activated(Or Deactivated), For simplicity while developing using WP Rewrite, I flush the rules on every page load
	global $wp_rewrite;

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