Fixing WPML bug with different domains

Fixing WPML bug with different domains

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As you may know, WPML offers the option to use different domains for different languages. It turned out that I already had the same domain name with different extensions: .com and .fr. So I decided to use that WPML feature.

After following these instructions, I had everything working fine except for one thing: the home page always redirected to the default language.

At first I thought it was something I didn’t do right but I finally found someone who had the same issue as me. I tried the provided solution but it didn’t work for me. It looks like to be a bug in WPML and they won’t admit it.

So I made my own fix! It’s not really pretty, if you have a better solution, please post it in the comments.

What I am doing is adding a filter on redirects on the home page. If the original URL is a secondary language domain, I abort the redirect by returning false.

This is what you can add in the functions.php in your child theme (just replace with your secondary language domain):

add_filter('redirect_canonical', 'homeUrlFilter', 10, 4);
function homeUrlFilter($redirect_url, $requested_url)
    if ($requested_url == '') {
    	return false;
    return $redirect_url;

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