Internal Redirect

Can anyone help me figure out how to do an internal redirect, using the template-wrapper?

My scenario: I have an angular app with ui-router running on ‘/category/goats-know/’. I’d like to turn on html5mode, which changes the Angular app URLS from ‘/category/goats-know/#/why-goats/’ to ‘/category/goats-know/why-goats/’. Which causes WP to 404, because such a page doesn’t really exist.

I have base-category-goats-know.php, and category-goats-know.php files

So somewhere, I want to run this code:

if (preg_match('/\/category\/goats-know\//', $_SERVER["REQUEST_URI"]) {
    // load category-goats-know.php inside base-category-goats-know.php
} else {
    // nothing to see here, carry on.

I’ve tried hooking into the sage/wrap_base filter in lib/extras.php:

add_filter('sage/wrap_base', __NAMESPACE__ . '\sage_wrap_base_goats_know'); // Add our function to the sage/wrap_base filter
function sage_wrap_base_goats_know($templates) {
  if (preg_match('/\/category\/goats-know\//i', $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'])) {
     array_unshift($templates, 'base-category-goats-know.php'); // Shift the template to the front of the array
  return $templates; // Return our modified array with base-$cpt.php at the front of the queue

This gets me half way there, rendering the 404.php template inside base-category-goats-know.php.

So I tried using WP’s filter template_include:

add_filter( 'template_include', __NAMESPACE__ . '\goats_know_template', 110 );
function goats_know_template( $template ) {
  global $wp_query;
  if (preg_match('/\/category\/goats-know\//i', $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'])) {
    if ($wp_query->is_404) {
      $wp_query->is_404 = false;
    $new_template = locate_template( array( 'category-goats-know.php' ) );
    if ( '' != $new_template ) {
      return $new_template ;
  return $template;

This also half-works, it renders category-goats-know.php, but without the base template. I’ve tried it with priority of 99 and 110 with the same result.

I don’t understand enough of PHP OOP to figure out what I need from lib/wrapper.php alone, would sure appreciate some help from someone who knows what’s going on there…

This should not be implemented at the WordPress level.

You are looking for a “pushstate server”. Or rather: you are trying to make a subset of your urls pushstate compatible.

Instead of making the entire server pushstate just have that rule apply to a subset of paths.

That said: just use the hash. So much easier that way.

The hash is a lot easier… but I need Wordpress & PHP to know the full URL so I can provide the correct meta tags/images for facebook and twitter.