How to Redirect if Category / Tag Contains Only One Post

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Do you want to redirect your users to the post if a category or tag they visit contains only that post? It’s easy with our code snippet. In this article, we’ll show you how to do it.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

function redirect_to_post(){
    global $wp_query;
    if( is_archive() && $wp_query->post_count == 1 ){
        $post_url = get_permalink();
        wp_redirect( $post_url );
} add_action('template_redirect', 'redirect_to_post');

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. Thank you so much. It worked like wonder. Even expert could not helped me but this small codes did the charm. I am in love with this website. Bookmarked this website.

  2. thank you so much.
    is it possible to redirect 301?

  3. not sure where on paste the code in function .php ūüôĀ

  4. Worked like a charm. Excellent and Thank you.

  5. WordPress Function Redirect to Single Post in Category or Taxonomy | Ellen Jane Moore April 27, 2012 at 10:33 am

    […] A client requested to have a site visitor redirected to the single post if there is only one post in a custom taxonomy. ¬†Thanks to Kevin Chard over at WPSNIPP.COM I found this snippet which redirects user to the post page when the category or tag has only one post (original post). […]

  6. great & Cool !!! thanks…

    1. Glad you like the snippet enjoy Adm,

  7. Your snippet is great !!!

    1. Cool thanks  Riversatile glad you like it.

  8. Hey there Kevin, I am having a similar issue I believe. Big G indexed a bunch of  category archives, now I have like 8 listings in the serps.. I was looking around on how to just redirect all categories to the homepage. Its a WP blog, and I read something about htaccss. 
    Is this similar to what you posted above?Thanks mateRu

    1. Well the above script checks to see if a category has a post however you could simply check if it is an archive and then redirect to homepage.

      function redirect_to_home(){
          if( is_archive()){
      } add_action(‘template_redirect’, ‘redirect_to_home’);

      1. Michiel Holtgreve September 3, 2014 at 7:20 am

        Thanks a lot Kevin! This works also for me. Was looking for this for a long time!

  9. Anderson Luiz Narciso May 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Mannn u save me (L), i was using a plugin to redirect, but is a lot of work put link by link to
    redirect, and its shape redirects all at once, very good, and thank u

    1. @google-bbb748471f941d6cd59d0e099de0729c:disqus  cool glad that I could help out.

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