Remove Category and or Tag from URL in Wordpress 3

After spending some time mucking about with Wordpress, I've finally been able to remove those troublesome /category/ and /tag/ folders from my urls.

To do so, first add the following to .htaccess file:

RewriteRule ^category/(.+)$$1 [R=301,L]

Make sure to put this before the www/no-www redirect section -- this is what tripped me up before.

Now, your urls will be of the type instead of

You may notice however, that the category links under the posts still show the /category/ tag. For this, we go to the permalinks section and change the permalink structure to



change the category base to


Save it like that and you should be in business -- the url links under posts will no longer have /category/ or /tag/ appended to them (for the purposes of removing /tag/, just follow the above instructions while making the substitution for /category/.