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A Guide To WordPress Permalinks, And Why You Should Never Use The Default Settings

Posted on April 28 by in Tips & Tricks | 106 comments

A Guide To WordPress Permalinks, And Why You Should Never Use The Default Settings

The URLs of the content you publish on your WordPress website are known as permalinks. Permalinks are what people enter into their browser address bar to view one of your pages. They are also what search engines and other websites use to link to your website. Due to this, they are very important.

You can change the structure of your permalinks at any time, however doing this changes the URL of your pages. This can cause your search engine traffic and referral traffic to drop considerably as visitors are presented with 404 page errors instead of the page they wanted to view.

301 redirects can stop the impact of a change in permalink structure, however it is still better to configure your website with the permalink structure you want from the beginning.

In this article, I would like to show you what permalink structures are open to you and explain the benefits of using clean URLs on your website.

The Default Permalink Structure

WordPress permalink settings can be found in the main settings menu of the WordPress admin area (i.e. http://www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin/options-permalink.php).

In the screenshot below, you can see the five custom permalink structures that WordPress displays as common settings.

WordPress Permalink Settings

WordPress suggests five permalink structures. Alternatively, you can use your own custom structure.

WordPress automatically enables the default permalink structure after you install WordPress. The number that is used in the default permalink advises WordPress where the content can be found in your database. To be more specific, the number refers to the ID of the table row in the wp_posts table of your WordPress database (the table prefix for your website will be different if you changed it during the installation process). For example, http://www.yourwebsite.com/?p=50 would refer to the 50th row in your website’s wp_posts table and http://www.yourwebsite.com/?page_id=100 would refer to the 100th.

The default permalink structure is not user-friendly. It is better to refer a visitor to a URL such as http://www.yourwebsite.com/big-news-story/ than http://www.yourwebsite.com/?page_id=54367.

The part at the end of the permalink, i.e. ?p=123, is known as a query string. The question mark is a separator and the part that follows afterwards is the identifying data. In this case, we are identifying content from a specific row in our WordPress website.

Despite many people suggesting otherwise, search engines such as Google can index URL’s that contain query strings (billions of indexed pages online are testament to this). However, search engines do prefer you to use “friendlier” URLs.

In their Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide, Google make it clear that a structured URL structure with keywords will make it easier for them to crawl your pages:

Creating descriptive categories and filenames for the documents on your website can not only help you keep your site better organized, but it could also lead to better crawling of your documents by search engines. Also, it can create easier, “friendlier” URLs for those that want to link to your content.

Visitors may be intimidated by extremely long and cryptic URLs that contain few recognizable words. URLs like (1) can be confusing and unfriendly. Users would have a hard time reciting the URL from memory or creating a link to it. Also, users may believe that a portion of the URL is unnecessary, especially
if the URL shows many unrecognizable parameters. They might leave off a part, breaking the link.

Some users might link to your page using the URL of that page as the anchor text. If your URL contains relevant words, this provides users and search engines with more information about the page than an ID or oddly named parameter would.

So to summarise Google’s points above :

  • URLs with a structured hierarchy will make it easier for them to crawl your pages
  • Visitors may cut off part of your URL when copying a link as the additional code might seem unnecessary
  • URLs that contain relevant keywords will help you rank better in search engines

Due to these reasons, it is better to use one a more search engine friendly permalink structure on your WordPress website.

A Search Engine Friendly Permalink Structure

Apart from the default permalink structure, all of the permalink structures that WordPress offers are search engine friendly (though %post_id% does not utilize keywords). These permalink structures are sometimes referred to as “Pretty Permalinks” or “Clean URLs”.

In order to use these permalink structures, WordPress needs to modify your website’s .htaccess file. WordPress might be able to do this automatically for you. If it cannot, you need to add the code to your .htaccess file manually.

You can find a guide on how to do this on WordPress.org. If you find that guide difficult to follow, I recommend speaking to your web hosting company about this issue. They will be able to add the necessary code to your .htaccess file or make your .htaccess file writable so that WordPress can automatically change your permalink structure.

When you choose one of the five common permalink structures that WordPress suggests, you will see the custom structure field change. The different tags that you see listed in this field are known as structure tags. There are ten structure tags available to you.

  • %postname% – The post slug of your post
  • %post_id% – The unique ID of a post
  • %category% – The category a post was assigned to
  • %year% – The year the article was published
  • %monthnum% – The month the article was published
  • %day% – The day the article was published

You can also use the following tags (though very few websites do):

  • %hour% – The hour the article was published
  • %minute% – The minute the article was published
  • %second% – The second the article was published
  • %author% – The author name

Pretty permalink structures need to include either the post name (%postname%) or the post ID (%post_id%). The post slug refers to the last part of your permalink. It can be edited directly through the post editor.

WordPress Post Slug

The keywords you use in your post slug can influence your search engine rankings.

Technically, you could use a permalink structure such as month and name without using %postname% or %post_id% (i.e. /%year%/%monthnum%/). This would only function correctly if you published one article per month. If two articles were published in a given month, they would both have the same URL. The result is that all articles from that month would be published on the same URL, therefore you would be unable to actually view any post on its own.

In other words, you need to use either %postname% or %post_id% to ensure that the URLs of posts and pages are unique.

What is the Best WordPress Permalink Structure?

The ten permalink structure tags that are available theoretically allow you to create a large number of unique permalink structures. In practice, most WordPress websites use of the following permalink structures:

  • Post Name (/%postname%/ -> www.yourwebsite.com/big-news/) – Post name is very popular with WordPress owners because it generates short memorable URLs. I use it on my personal blog. It is not suitable for websites that publish multiple times per day as it will become very difficult to come up with unique post slugs. For example, a tech blog might use the post slug /iphone-6-news/ for their first iPhone 6 news story; however they could not use that post slug ever again.
  • Category and Name (/%category%/%postname%/ -> www.yourwebsite.com/sports/big-news/) – Category and name is the permalink structure that the Elegant Themes blog uses. It creates a hierarchical structure of content on your website and ensures that visitors know what category they are viewing. It also stuffs the most keywords into your URL than any other option; which (apparently) is great from an SEO point of view.
  • Day and Name (/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ -> www.yourwebsite.com/2014/05/01/big-news/) – High traffic news websites can publish dozens of articles per day. That is why most websites with a high posting frequency use the day and name permalink structure. It ensures their page URLs contain the year, month, and day, that an article was published.
  • Month and Name (/%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/ -> www.yourwebsite.com/2014/05/big-news/) – Month and name is another popular choice. It generates URLs that are two characters shorter than day and name.

The post name and category and name permalink structures are also popular because they do not specify the date an article was published within the URL. This is preferable if the content on your website will still be relevant for many years e.g. a history website. I have, however, seen a lot of website owners take advantage of this and completely remove the publication date from their articles; which can be frustrating as a reader as you do not know whether the information on the page is still valid.

In my experience, the four permalink structures mentioned above are the most common online. Does that mean they are the best?

If you search for “best WordPress permalink structure” online, you will find many people stating that post name is the best permalink structure for WordPress. Few people actually back up this view with facts. With many bloggers, it appears to merely be their own personal preference.

A few years ago, the post name permalink structure was actually known for affecting the performance of a WordPress website. It was still used by many WordPress users, despite it not being an option in the permalink settings page. Thankfully, this performance issue was addressed in WordPress 3.3 in 2011.

From an SEO point of view, I have seen nothing to suggest that any of the options mentioned previously have an advantage over the others. If one permalink structure was better for SEO, everyone would be using it.

This suggests that the key concern is performance.

I wrote an article about the best WordPress permalink structure four years ago and wrote a follow up article a year later.

My first article referred to an article on Weberz from 2009 that stated that many SEO experts give wrong advice regarding WordPress permalinks. Back then, with the issue with post name still causing performance issues, many people recommended started your permalink structure with a numeric field such as the year or post ID. However, people who were involved with optimizing search engines stressed that any performance issues were negligible anyway, therefore it made more sense to use a permalink structure that was better for SEO.

Five years later, and with the post name performance issue long behind us, there seems to be no performance issues linked with any common permalink structures. And to my knowledge, there is no SEO benefit of using one permalink over another.

What WordPress Permalink Structure to Use?

I would recommend using the day and name option (/%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/) if you have a news website that publishes multiple articles per day. It is what top blogs such as Engadget and Mashable use.

For everything else, I would use post name (/%postname%/) or category and name (/%category%/%postname%/).

I use post name myself with all of my websites. I am not an SEO expert, though the idea that inserting categories into your post URLs to boost rankings seems plausible, as it allows you to define more keywords in the URL.

Categories are not something I like to attach to a URL as it restricts you from ever modifying your categories. I have changed the names of my post categories two or three times over the last few years. If I had been using category and name as my permalink structure, all of my URLs would have been broken. I therefore prefer not to include category in permalinks as it gives me the option of moving posts to a different category or renaming a category at a later date.

The Category and Tag Base

At the bottom of the permalink settings page you will see optional settings for your category base and tag base. The default values for these fields are category and tag.

With the default settings, if you have a category on your website called WordPress, the URL of the WordPress category archives would be http://www.yourwebsite.com/category/wordpress/. Likewise, if you have a tag called Themes, the tag archive URL for that tag would be http://www.yourwebsite.com/tag/themes/.

Changing these fields allows you to change the URLs that are used for archives. For example, you could change the category base to cat and the tag base to topic. In our example, this would generate the archive URLs http://www.yourwebsite.com/cat/wordpress/ and http://www.yourwebsite.com/topic/themes/.

The Category and Tag Base

WordPress allows you to change the name of your category and tag base.

Many website owners like to remove the category base so that their category archive URL looks cleaner. In the example given above, if you stripped the category base, the category archive URL would change from http://www.yourwebsite.com/category/wordpress/ to http://www.yourwebsite.com/wordpress/.

For many years, the plugin WordPress SEO allowed you to remove the category base; however an update of WordPress SEO in March this year removed this functionality (apparently it was buggy).

An old plugin called FV Top Level Categories is available that strips the category base. I am always reluctant to use plugins that have not been updated for years, however Joe Foley from WPMU recently published a solution that strips the category base without modifying any code or installing any plugin.

All you have to do is enter /%category%/%postname%/ as your custom permalink structure and a period (full stop) for the category base.

Strip Category Base

You can strip the category base by using /%category%/%postname%/ as your permalink structure.

I tried this configuration on my test blog and it automatically removes the category base from URLs. Note that you cannot simply add a period for your category base. You need to include %category% in your permalink structure. Failure to do this will create 404 page errors for your categories.

404 Page Error

If you use a period for your category base but fail to use %category% in your permalink, you will see a 404 page error.

Final Thoughts

Your permalink structure dictates how your website URLs are constructed. As such, it is something that you should review before you launch your website.

From an SEO and performance point of view, there does not seem to be any major benefits to choosing one permalink structure over another. Therefore, it really comes down to your own preference.

Remember, it is in your best interest to keep the same permalink structure once your website has launched. If you do decide to change, use Yoast’s 301 redirection script or a redirection plugin such as Redirection to ensure that you do not lose any traffic.

Should you have any questions regarding WordPress permalinks, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer them. Also, be sure to check out our never ending giveaway as we are giving out great prizes every week :)

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106 Comments

  1. I was using the default permalinks until I realized how messy they looked. Seeing a bunch of numbers and dashes retweeted does not look very nice. Good thing I prettied them up with post names.

    I have quite a few old (and now broken) links posted out there but most of them are old enough no one clicks them anyway.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Check for 404 page errors on Google Webmaster Tools to be sure. If you find some errors, you can set up a 301 redirect for them so that you don’t lose any traffic :)

  2. Thanks for such a well detailed article kevin, really learned a lot :)

  3. Nice post
    Keep tutorials like that up! You guys rock!

  4. Wow, what a great article! The level of research and information is terrific. Good advice that people shouldn’t just suddenly change their structure or they will end up with broken links on their site. Also, if you change the structure of your permalinks, you will loose your Likes | +1’s | Tweet’s etc. I know these are hard to earn, so most wouldn’t want to see them go missing!

  5. Very informative and usefull.Thanks.

    • I think a plugin do this, rendering the html of your file.

  6. Hi Kevin
    Your posts are fast becoming collectors items – another great one here.

    I use …%postname% – The post slug of your post

    On more than one occasion I’ve had to change the title of a post, the good thing is that it doesn’t mess with the URL once the post has been published.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I do that myself. If I am unsure about the title of a post, I will just make sure the post slug is ok and then change the title later :)

  7. Hi Kevin,

    Great read! One quick question- is the 5th option and the custom /%postname%/ both the same?

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Yes. WordPress changes the content of the custom structure as you move through the different options. They are both identical :)

  8. Thank you very much Kevin for clarifying between the /%postname%/ and /%category%//%postname%/. However, some says its better to use /%category%//%postname%/ permalink structure when setting a social/community website with Buddypress, how true is this?

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I have tested BuddyPress but never used it for a live website. So I wouldn’t know the reason for that :)

      • Wise answer. I will stick to postname structure then…Thanks.

  9. Good advice here. I always use Postname for small business websites who don’t really use the blogging functionality of WordPress.

    For any site that uses a blog, I stick to Category/Postname, just like Elegant Themes :D

    I just want to throw this into the mix, should we all use “www.” on our sites or not?

    My default WordPress installs never use www by default, for example http://example.com

    Should we always change this to http://www.example.com

    Would love to hear all your thoughts.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      From an SEO point of view, it does not matter. However, I have always used www because that is what all major internet websites use :)

    • It has no SEO score impact. I wouldn’t give it another thought.

  10. Thank you for the article Kevin, I found it most helpful. I have a question for you, too. I’m currently building a new version of my website and this may include me using a different permalink structure than for the old version. How do I exactly prevent people who click the old link somewhere to get a 404 error in an easy way? Please note I’m building the entire website again from scratch, one post or product at a time. I did see your plug-in suggestion but I’m not sure if it’ll work for my new version. Any advise would be much appreciated.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Yeah the plugin suggestion should work.

      If you just have a few links, you could just do some basic 301 redirects. If you have a lot, you should use something that completely redirects the old permalink structure to the new one.

      The plugin I suggested should correct everything and ensure there are no 404 errors.

      • Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly, I appreciate it a lot. Can’t wait to finish my new website using the DIVI theme!

  11. Thanks for sharing this Kevin! I used to adopt the category-postname permalink structure for one of my blogs, but would bump into 404 errors from time to time. I’ve finally switched to the default year-month-postname structure. It’s been smooth sailing since.

  12. It’s helpful, thanks.

  13. Hey Kevin,
    I learned the hard way quite sometime ago and to keep it simple I use %post_id% and %postname% on my blogs. %postname% is the best way to go but just in case you have a duplicate title and slug name the %post_id% takes care of that.

    example.com/%post_id%-%postname%
    example.com/892-my-new-post

    Great article!

    • I do the post ID and post name as well. It guarantees’ the url will be unique. I’d rather not use the year because the posts become stale very quickly then. And I think it’s OK to have a number in the url rather than pundits who think they should stuff seo key words in every cranny of a url.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I rarely run into the post name duplication problem, though if you post frequently, using ID is a good idea. Plus it still generates nice clean URLs.

  14. Very helpful article Kevin, I used default permalink setting of WordPress.

  15. Thank you for a great article Kenny! I can now say that I finally understand permalink use =) I definitely feel a lot more comfortable and confident in my decision to use one over the other!
    Thanks so much ~

    • Sorry about the name Kevin!!! I can’t believe I did that – I really need to get some rest! lol

      • Kevin Muldoon

        haha They killed Kenny :)

        Glad you found the article useful Frieda.

  16. I use /%pagename%/ in websites that don’t have posts… Can you advise on this. What’s your opinion? It seems to be working perfectly.

  17. Awesome Kevin! Many thanks!
    BTY, do you know the plugin name used here for “Subscribe to Our Newsletter”? they look cool!

    • I designed our subscribe popups myself :) They aren’t available as plugin, but if there is enough interest we may turn them into something more official someday.

      • +1, much interested :D

        • Another +1 interested, Nick. :)

          Deb

  18. I love the newsletters and articles like this. For years I used the Category and Name structure, but then I realized it gave me problems with SEO and duplicate content, when I used a Theme from Elegant themes, since I also used a category for the featured news feed on my frontpage. After that I have stopped using category in links.

  19. i personally prefer %post-title% structures, on some sites i am using .html addition, both settings works perfectly for me.

    Anyway thanks for this detailed article.

  20. I believe that keywords within an article/category URL impact a site’s overall SEO score, and certainly an article’s visibility to search engines. To that end, straying from the WP default makes perfect sense to me.

    Good article, Kevin.

    Tim

  21. Permalinks is one of the first things I fixed when I started using WordPress. Its great to read the reason why and the impact it has if you don’t. Thanks Kevin great article.

  22. Great article Kevin. Never really knew why the link had to be changed.

  23. Thanks for the very comprehensive post. This blog is my hands-down favorite. I open every email you send, and read almost every post.

  24. Hi Kevin,

    Great permalinks article. I love your writing style as you manage to both explain things in a non-techie way for newer readers but at the same time your articles are meaty enough for the more experience reader.

    I also use the /%pagename%/ structure as it keeps the URL looking clean.

    Great tip BTW about how setting the right URL first then allows you to play around with the article title. I’ve actually done this a few times but never really took notice that that was what I was doing at the time. :)

    Keep up the great work

    Kate_H

  25. I like to keep my URLs as short as possible so will always use the %post-name% option.

  26. Permalink is very vital for WordPress based website. Thanks for great guide.

  27. If you are using Word Press and Woocommerce, I would suggest this URL structure:

    /%category%//%pruductname%

    In an e-commerce environment, categories play an important role, both for SEO reasons and User experience reasons. If you don’t use categories in the Url, you will confuse search engine and custumer. Especially when having a lot of products belonging to different categories…….

  28. Learned lots of new things about permalinks this morning. Thank you Kevin, your articles are always well thought out and packed with information.

  29. Great tip, I see so many webmasters use non descriptive URLs. When I set up URL for a post I use just main KW and try not to look spammy with too many words in permalink. It can really help with rankings if you also include variation of the main KW or synonyms in URL.

    Your suggestion to include category name before post name in URL is great :)

    • Kevin Muldoon

      No you will need to redirect using 301s.I would find a plugin to help you with this. If you do not have many links, you could manually add the 301 redirects to your .htaccess file.

  30. Thank you so much for clarifying our understanding about permalinks. Perfect article. I changed to /%category%/%postname%/ and custom base to dot (.). Everything else is fine. But the “Older Entries” link at the bottom of the page is broken. Earlier it was ../category/child-safety/page/2/ and now it is showing ../child-safety/page/2/ but page gives the error: The requested URL “…/child-safety/page/2/” cannot be found or is not available. Please check the spelling or try again later. Can I correct it?

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I recreated the category tip noted in my article and my older entries link is working correctly. This suggests that the there is something wrong in your configuration somewhere. It is difficult to say what without looking at it myself.

  31. Thank you for your reply. I placed everything back as it was. But now after getting your reply, I will try this dot tip again. Many thanks.

  32. Have you written an article on ‘WP Media’ organization tips and/or organization of images in ‘Uploads folder’ and subfolders? I see many people are searching for it including me. I find it difficult to search an images if kept all in one Upload folder or divided in dated folders. I want to use your tips for a new site I am creating as well as for old sites, already created. Thanks in advance.

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I have always just used date archives so this is not a subject I have delved into. Is your plan to categorise images using keywords?

      • Yes. And, I will have lot many images. So, I want to know what is the best way to name and organize images in WP. Some say put all images in Uploads folder and they are easy to find. Is it? It looks too messy to put them all in one place. I will go with date archives. Any cons in that? Thank you.

  33. Hi Kevin –
    Great info. I’m setting up a new site on a sub-domain to replace my existing WP site (I’m a novice with good help). I’m noticing on the existing site that it was set up with the permalink structure as Custom, with the entire URL plus %postname% in the custom field box. That seems to go against what I’ve read about never entering the main URL in that box. Any thoughts on this? I’m planning on using the “post name” option under Common settings, and this differs from what was used on the old site.
    Thanks!!

    • Kevin Muldoon

      You do not enter your website url into the permalink field. That will cause the links to be messed up.

      Delete the URL so that only %postname% remains. :)

  34. Thanks for this great post!

    I have a question: is it possible to have both the default permalinks and the new one I choose to work at the same time?

    The reason is I have a moderately successful blog which have been using the default permalinks since the beginning. What happens to these old post’s permalinks if I change the permalinks structure today?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Kevin Muldoon

      No. You can have only one permalink structure.

      The URL of your older posts will change if you modify the permalink structure. You will therefore have to set up a 301 redirect for them.

  35. Nice post Kevin. Very helpful.

    I used to use “Day and Name” setting before and now I’ve shifted to “Post name”. I do see some page not found errors. I am just a WP-beginner. I tired the redirect tool from Yoast, but after pasting the code in my .htaccess file in cpanel, I get the error, “Google Chrome could not find the page”. Now, I removed the code from .htaccess and I see “The page you are looking for cannot be found”. It has been two days but I am lost with no solution.

    http://www.doubleinfinitynetworks.com/2013/12/20/effects-of-organic-food-on-your-health/

    Any suggestion is appreciated.

    Cheers!

  36. Hello,

    thanks for this great article – i have seen a couple suggestions from other sources to use something like /%postname%/%post_id% or viceversa. I can see the benefit to generate infinite postnames.
    I was just wondering if that would make any sense compared to using %postname% alone if you are not having that much posts (yet) – kind of ‘just to be safe forever’.
    Or would it be good to use %postname%-5post_id% like i learned from the comments above?
    What do you guys think?

    Thanks

    • Kevin Muldoon

      If you don’t post often, then you will never run into any problems with only using post name.

  37. No clue why, but a long time ago I used the Yoast redirection tool to move from “day and name” to the “Postname” style. However, running an article-based site, I’ve reached a point where there are multiple posts a day.

    Do you have any suggestions about going from “Postname” to “Day and Name” as cleanly as possible. It being a magazine style site, I think the “Day and name” format will be the best going forward, or even a category + postname format.

  38. Would it be possible to use a custom structure based off of other database fields? For example I have a directory site that currently uses company/%postname% Can I create some custom ones that I grab from the database like company/%state%/%city%/%postname%

    • Kevin Muldoon

      Not that I know off. Perhaps this would be possible using some modding.

      You could assign one of those fields as a category and simply change the post slug etc. But I don’t think you could do it automatically without some custom work.

  39. kevin that was great article.. keep doing great work. :)

  40. Just a beginner question, if wordpress allows to change the permalinks for the pages, then what is the use of custom redirect url??
    still we will have duplicate content. ??

    Looking forward!

    • Kevin Muldoon

      I am not sure what you mean. What are you trying to achieve with the redirect?

  41. Hi there….I must say your article is will written…. Good info… I have a website and wanted to change the permalink… When I change them all my pages gone with 404 error…pls help
    Thanks

    • Kevin Muldoon

      You need to set up redirects for all your older URLs. You can do this for each URL. Alternatively, you could design a permalink that redirected the post to the new post slug.

      • I just got the same error, how can I “redirect” my older URL’s where should I do this? Please help

  42. i was using postname for my http://www.braindirector.com and then i switched to category/post title.
    From my experience, it works great in terms of SEO. however i still want to use post title only just because i like it. Should i?

  43. Hey! Your article was the first I found that directly addresses the issue I have with the wordpress permalinks. Granted, I am very inexperienced with the technicalities of websites and already considered successfully installing wordpress and wamp server by the aid of a youtube tutorial a major achievement. Now, everything I find that remotely looks like an internet address is localhost/’thenameofmydatabase (localhost/nameofdatabase.com. I can enter this on my computer and it directs me to the page where I can customize my wordpress site but I have no idea what exactly one would have to enter into the address bar to see my blog, or where I can find that information, or how I can turn it into something along the lines of http://www.myblog.wordpress.com for example? I would so so so appreciate your help. Thank you :-)

  44. Thank you very much for this article Kevi. I least I now know what permalinks are.

    The problem I have is that I have created categories that need to be added to different menu items in the menu bar (I don’t know any other way of linking posts from my main page to the menu bar) and can’t find a word to rename the category base that suits all the categories I have created (As I want them to go to different sections in the menu tab). Does that make sense?

    If anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you, Maria

  45. Good afternoon, Kevin. How r u? I have just opened my own site and I have some problems with my posts appearance. They look incorrectly. I think the problem is in permalinks or smth. Could you please help me on that matter?

  46. Hi Kevin, great explanation. I am currently using /%category%//%postname%/ for my permalinks but i find it troublesome in that when I create a new post, WP picks which category it’s going to use in the URL instead of the one I want to use.

    For example, I have a new post which falls under the “writing” category and also “guest post” category. I want to select both, but WP insists on using “guest-post” in the url, when I really want it to use “writing” as it’s more relevant to the content.

    Do i have to just drop guest post or is there a way to force the post to use the category that i want it to use?

  47. Hi,

    Thanks for the great article. I have set up a WordPress site and the default permalinks were automatically activated.

    However when I try to change for the custom structure e.g. /%category%/%postname%/ the website no longer functions and says there is a ‘Redirect Loop’. I then have to switch back to the default permalink again to make it work. Would you know why this happens and how I can use the custom structure without a redirect loop?

    Thanks,
    Poppy

  48. I am on my second-ever WP site construction project for a client. I am 70, so this is all quite new to me. I want to highlight an address in some text at the top of the page and link it to the Google Map at the bottom. I have been using MotoPress but I can cut and paste short code with some guidance. Is this something for permalinks? Where could I go to get an answer to this. Google just gets me linking a picture to a URL/page. Not what I want. Thanks

  49. I would like to change a URL xyz.com/dpt_services/.. to xyz.com/service/…

    Any help would e appreciated.

  50. After reading this useful resource guide, I have decided to go with Post Name permalink structure on my WordPress blogs. Thanks kevin for this detailed guide :) .

  51. what about if i add “.html” after %postname% ? is it will recognize as broken links ? is it will affect my SEO on page value ?

  52. Hi Kevin,

    I hope you can help me – I’ve accidentally {without much thought} changed my permalink structure. I’ve downloaded Simple 301 Redirects and I’m wondering how I find my old link urls to redirect them?

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