Below is the original question, and while it's related to what the issue ends up being, it's tangential. Please see the edits starting with number 2 for more useful background information
On our site, we have some CMS pages that explain correlation between two different categories. As such, the URLs tend to be similar to those catalog page URLs.
- An example CMS URL:
- The category which matches:
Is there a setting in Magento to force category route matching to be more strict?
EDIT: I should note, though it feels obvious: These are just example names
EDIT 2: If it's helpful, all catalog pages have URLs relative to root (website.com/subcat) where subcat is a child of another category. This behavior is different from the default in other Magento installs. (Note: this isn't preferred, and it's unclear as to why it's happening).
EDIT 3: After more digging, I found a quote from an article by Fabrizio Branca on URL keys in 1.13:
Before 1.13/1.8 any CMS page with a url-key that was also used as a category or product url-key would be evaluated first. This way you could easily replace the main categories by cms landing pages. This has changed now. Even though the CMS controller is processed first, the product and category urls will be evaluated before the routing process starts, making it much harder to display cms content in a clean way instead.
EDIT 4: Result of more research:
- "legitimate category" exists, and by default is accessible at
- "legitimate other category" exists as well, and is at
- regardless of the relationship between these two categories, either can be accessed using the other as its parent (
a/bworks fine, as does
- note that
a/bshows products of b and
b/aproducts of a
- note that
b/bdoes not work, nor does
What I'm looking for is a URL structure similar to the previous Magento versions (IE
category/subcategory), without losing the benefits of background indexing that 1.13 gives.