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We were working with an agency that requires SEO-friendly URLs for the WooCommerce categories. By default, WooCommerce injects product-category into all their category URLs.

In this article, we will discuss changing the product-category slug and completely removing the product-category slug in WooCommerce.

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Change the product-category slug

If you would like to change the product-category slug to something different, then you can achieve that by following these simple steps.

  1. Go to the WordPress admin dashboard and navigate Settings > Permalinks.
  2. Locate the Optional > Product category base option
  3. Now you can replace the product-category slug with the desired one.
WooCommerce product-category slug
WooCommerce product-category slug

Permanently Remove product-category slug

From an SEO point of view, the URL-like /product-category/clothing is an undesirable URL structure as compared to simple /clothing. Where clothing is a category. That is why sometimes we are required to remove the product-category slug from the URL.

You can do that by pasting the below snippet to the functions.php file.

add_filter( 'request', 'wrg_remove_category_slug' );
add_filter('term_link', 'wrg_term_link_filter', 10, 3);

function wrg_remove_category_slug( $vars ) {
	global $wpdb;
	if( ! empty( $vars['pagename'] ) || ! empty( $vars['category_name'] ) || ! empty( $vars['name'] ) || ! empty( $vars['attachment'] ) ) {
		$slug = ! empty( $vars['pagename'] ) ? $vars['pagename'] : ( ! empty( $vars['name'] ) ? $vars['name'] : ( !empty( $vars['category_name'] ) ? $vars['category_name'] : $vars['attachment'] ) );
		$exists = $wpdb->get_var( $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT t.term_id FROM $wpdb->terms t LEFT JOIN $wpdb->term_taxonomy tt ON tt.term_id = t.term_id WHERE tt.taxonomy = 'product_cat' AND t.slug = %s" ,array( $slug )));
		if( $exists ){
			$old_vars = $vars;
			$vars = array('product_cat' => $slug );
			if ( !empty( $old_vars['paged'] ) || !empty( $old_vars['page'] ) )
				$vars['paged'] = ! empty( $old_vars['paged'] ) ? $old_vars['paged'] : $old_vars['page'];
			if ( !empty( $old_vars['orderby'] ) )
	 	        	$vars['orderby'] = $old_vars['orderby'];
      			if ( !empty( $old_vars['order'] ) )
 			        $vars['order'] = $old_vars['order'];	
		}
	}
	return $vars;
}

function wrg_term_link_filter( $url, $term, $taxonomy ) {
    $url = str_replace("/product-category/", "/", $url);
	return $url;
}

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