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Disable single page view & archive page view of Custom Post Type - WordPress

As a WordPress developer, often I have to use Custom Post Types in my plugins & theme.

I believe that you already have an idea about Custom Post Types. The Custom Post Type functionality help us to create & display custom type content in simple steps.

In most situations, I don’t need a single page view / archive view for my custom post type. But I didn’t care about that pages untill last time I noticed that these unnecessary pages are indexed in search engine results & it start to ruin my SEO ranking.

So now I believe that hiding unnecessary pages is an important act.

Disable single page view & archive page view

If you don’t need both, it is better to optimize our custom post type registration code.

'labels' => array(
	'name' => _x('Sample Posts', 'post type general name'),
	'singular_name' => _x('Sample Post', 'post type singular name')
'public' => true,
'exclude_from_search' => true,
'show_in_admin_bar'   => false,
'show_in_nav_menus'   => false,
'publicly_queryable'  => false,
'query_var'           => false

The publicly_queryable argument & its false value will hide all single pages & archive pages of this post type.

Disable single page view & Show archive pages

add_action( 'template_redirect', 'wpse_45164_redirect_press' );
function wpse_45164_redirect_press()
	if ( ! is_singular( 'press' ) )

	wp_redirect( get_post_type_archive_link( 'press' ), 301 );

The above code will redirect all single page view of press post type in to its post type archive page.

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