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Archives for CPTs and where to call them in DMS2?

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I've got 2 CPTs using the recommended Custom Post Type UI.

They seem to work well. I can post to them and display them individually or as a group.


The problem comes when I try to display them using the default WP category archive pages.

E.g., www.mysite.com/category/movies

That results in a Nothing Found in the content loop


However, www.mysite.com/movies, does show the archive just fine.


Both pages, /category/movies and /movies, are linked to the same template.


The plugin author (Michael Beckwith) suggests this:

My biggest and first hunch is that the urls you are ending up on don't have the CPTs in the list of post types that are being queried. You can use the pre_get_post hook to do that, if that's the case.

If that were the answer, I've no idea where to manage this via my DMS child theme.


Additionally, the movies category has sub-categories. These sub-categories were created by going to the menu for the Movies CPT and selecting 'Categories'. That takes me to this, add a new category page: /wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=category&post_type=movies

Of course they also show up in /wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=category


But, I'm wondering if the proper way to create sub-categories for CPTs is to create new CPTs for each sub-category instead? And in the 'Advanced Label Options', give the sub-category a parent (e.g., Movies)?


Another oddity is that the Categories widget shows correct post counts for all my posts, each in the proper category. Clicking on any of these however, results in a 'Nothing Found' because again the page goes to /category/movies/ instead of /movies.


So I'm a bit lost.

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Add the following to the child theme's functions file:

function add_custom_types_to_tax( $query ) {
if( is_category() || is_tag() && empty( $query->query_vars['suppress_filters'] ) ) {

$post_types = get_post_types();

$query->set( 'post_type', $post_types );
return $query;
add_filter( 'pre_get_posts', 'add_custom_types_to_tax' );

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