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Topic Tags: Compatibility

Overview of the issue

When you enable the Strip Category Base option in Rank MathGeneral Settings and translate the taxonomy slug in WPMLTaxonomy Translation, the translated archive page displays a 404 error.

On the other hand, if you enable the Remove base or Remove category base in Rankmath → General Settings→WooCommerce, the translated pages won’t display 404 errors, however the product and product-category slugs will still be displayed on the translation.


We’re working on a fix for this issue. In the meantime, do not translate the category, product or product-category slugs. The untranslated terms won’t be visible in the URL anyway when you use any those options.

27 Responses to “Rank Math SEO - Turning on "Strip Category Base" or "Remove base" causes issues with secondary languages”

  1. I have the same issue with WPML SEO and strip category prefix. Often I get a 404 on my secondary language. Fix is to go to permalink settings and hit the save button.

    My 2 languages are on a seperate domain.
    NL >
    FR >

    Running WPML version. 4.4.10

    Is this fix ready or an easy hack to solve this? I’m experiencing this problem for 9 months now.

    • Hello Johan,
      For the moment we have the workaround available on the description. If it does not work, don’t hesitate to open a ticket in our support forum as it may be a different situation.

      • Hi Andrés,

        Does the workaround mean in my case that I have to remove translated french categories and only create new categories in French and assign correct posts to the newly created french categories?

  2. Thanks for the feedback. Do you have a time indication when the real fix is coming? I’m waiting almost 9 months for this fix.

    • Unfortunately, I can’t provide your an ETA so far as it depends on our developers and the plugin author.
      We will update it here as soon as we have any information.

    • We are glad to know it helped. Sure, we will keep it updated as soon as we have a solution in the author’s or our plugin.

    • Hello there,
      For now, please apply the workaround provided here provided. If that does not work, don’t hesitate to open a ticket in our support forum so we can investigate further.

  3. Hello,
    Same problem here with both strip category base enabled or disabled.
    That’s great to see that this issue is only for the category archive and not product category archive. Does the update will come soon ?

    For your workaround fix, you say to not translate the category slug but WPML add automaticly -es after the original slug so how can we not translate the slug ?

    • Hello there,
      I understand the confusion but I’m afraid the workaround points not to translate the Category Base slug, not the category itself. If this does not work, don’t hesitate to open a ticket in our support forum.

  4. Hello,

    Is there an eta for this issue since has been open for quite a while now and to keep using a band-aid is in my opinion not really an option.



    • Hello Sam,
      This issue is already on our devs roadmap. However, I can’t provide an exact ETA.
      We will keep this erratum updated.

  5. Hi,

    I am experiencing the same problem. I followed the instructions but it did not work for me.

    I have 3 languages on my site. I had the slugs translated but I reverted this to the original language and used rank math to strip the product-category base url.

    The only onlies stripped were the product-category urls from the main language. The other two languages still the same.

    Any tips?


    • Hello @raywoo,

      The issue is still in our development queue. For now, please use the workaround available on the description.

    • We understand your feeling. However as there is a straight forward workaround, this task has a lower priority.
      We will keep this link updated.

      • Firstly, on wpml website it says rankmath is FULLY compatible, but it’s not. 2nd, removing slug translation and modyfing core worked, but any change in category hirarchy makes edited categories not work anymore.

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