I'm trying to use regular expressions with the new template routes in ExpressionEngine 2.8. I have little experience with either.

Using the Template Route Manager, I'd like to route multiple URLs to a single template:


Problem is, I don't know how to specify segment_1 == 'workplace-coaching' OR segment_1 == 'personal-coaching' using the Template Route Manager.

I'm assuming I need to call upon the Regular Expressions feature so have tried


Whilst this works, for the urls above, it also seems to match other urls. For instance domain.com/blog now routes to same template as the above urls.

I suspect my Regrex is wrong, and is matching too many options including blog, however don't know how to fix it.

Any insights would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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The variables need to have a name and that url_title is a reserved word.

To avoid conflicts, if you need to keep the Segments required set to no, keep a static part on the first segment:


By this way, you can't grab the first segment by {segment:coaching_type}, but {segment_1} still works.

Please, try this.

  • Hi Robson, Thanks for your suggestion. This isn't working for me, however I might doing something else wrong. I'm assuming I should be able to visit domain.com/workplace-coaching/ and be routed to the correct template.
    – Andrew F
    May 21, 2014 at 13:48
  • Severity: Warning Message: preg_match_all(): Compilation failed: group name must start with a non-digit at offset 5 Filename: libraries/Template_router.php Line Number: 56
    – Andrew F
    May 21, 2014 at 13:55
  • This is a RegEx error, but I just tested with and without a leading /: no errors. Please, check if this bug is related.
    – Sobral
    May 21, 2014 at 15:10
  • Hi Robson. Amazing. That's got it working perfectly. I also needed to correct the line in the route.php file, as suggested, to fix php errors. Two solutions for the price of one. Many Thanks!
    – Andrew F
    May 21, 2014 at 19:56
  • @AndrewF, please, check the little explanation I added. Bye!
    – Sobral
    May 21, 2014 at 20:50

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