I suspect this boils down to a feature request, but I'll start here in case there are any other ideas.

Basically, I want to be able to define multiple URL formats for a single section or category group.

Here is the scenario:

  • Section gear with URL format gear/{slug}
  • Category group productTypes with URL format gear/{slug}, {parent.uri}/{slug}
  • Section reviews with URL format reviews/{slug}.

What I want to do but can't, is define a second URL format for productTypes, with the format reviews/{slug}, and {parent.uri}/{slug}.

Similarly, I want to define a 2nd format for gear, of reviews/{slug}.

So I'd end up with:

  • gear/gear-entry/
  • gear/category/
  • reviews/category/
  • reviews/gear-entry/
  • reviews/review-entry/

So I really need Craft to know about those additional formats to avoid crossover URLs.

Routing and assigning the entry and category variables is not a problem, I'm really just concerned with the slug/uri validation.

2 Answers 2


So semantically, I don’t love the URL format you’re coming up with. I’d like to see something like /gear/{category}/{entry}

This gives you a few benefits

  • it’s semantically readable…
  • it gives you natural breadcrumbs for the hierarchy of content
  • it’s likely going to be better from an SEO perspective

Relevant feature request: https://github.com/craftcms/cms/issues/1189

  • Changing the URL altogether could certainly make things easier. Your suggestion could odd with multiple category assignments and nesting.
    – Tim Kelty
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 18:02

If you're only worried about URL collisions, it looks like there's only a few places where your routes overlap:

  • gear/{slug} could match a gear entry or a category.
  • reviews/{slug} could match a category, gear entry, or review entry.

One easy way around this is to just just make some of these routes more specific. For example:

  • gear/{slug} (gear entry)
  • gear/category/{slug} (product type category)
  • reviews/category/{slug} (product type category)
  • reviews/gear/{slug} (gear entry)
  • reviews/{slug} (review entry)

Note: "category" above is the literal string, not the category's slug. But if "category" is too verbose, possibly just gear/cat/{slug} or gear/c/{slug}.


If you wanted to alter your URL formats minimally from your original scheme, another option would be to setup gear, productTypes, and reviews to all use the same route of reviews/{slug}. Craft will use a section's Entry URL Format when saving an entry to check for duplicate slugs.

  • reviews/{slug} (product type category)
  • reviews/{slug} (gear entry)
  • reviews/{slug} (review entry)

Then just add a "category" segment for gear to make sure gear entries don't clash with productTypes categories:

  • gear/{slug} (gear entry)
  • gear/category/{slug} (product type category)
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    It does check the full URI for duplicates against any URL formats it knows about. Which is great, and the feature I'm trying to leverage.
    – Tim Kelty
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 2:56
  • Yep, your "category" segment solution works, and is actually what I'm doing currently. It would be nice if there were a way to define both formats in Craft though, so that Craft itself knew about all your URLs. Feature request: feedback.craftcms.com/forums/285221-feature-requests/…
    – Tim Kelty
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 3:01
  • You're right, @TimKelty! Craft does check other section Entry URL formats. Craft rulez. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I'll update my answer.
    – Alex Roper
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 8:25
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    Yeah, it's a really nice feature! Would be even better given something like my FR, which would allow Craft to know about ALL of your URLs.
    – Tim Kelty
    Commented Aug 18, 2016 at 11:51

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