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WordPress: How to Modify Permalinks

Permanlinks are the unique URLs associated to each of your individual pages and blog posts. Here you will learn how to modify your Permalink to a more custom URL. Learn more about permalinks by visiting WordPress.org.

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How to Change the Full WordPress Permalink

WordPress permalinks consist of a base (same throughout your entire WordPress website) and a suffix (unique for each page). You can modify permalink suffixes from inside of the WordPress Dashboard. Modifying your website's base permalink will require you to make manual modifications inside of your website's database.

  • Want to learn how to modify the base permalink? Visit WordPress.org to find out more.
  • Want us to modify your base permalink for you? Contact us and ask about our professional services.
Permalink Example
http://www.your-domain.com/sample-page/
Permalink "Base" Permalink "Suffix"
http://www.your-domain.com/ sample-page/

Important: You will need to update your base permalink if you plan on changing your domain pointers and file directory structure (for example, changing "http://www.your-domain.com/subdirectory" into just "http://www.your-domain.com/").

How to Change WordPress Permalink Suffixes

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Go to Permalinks.
  4. Use the interface provided to modify your permalinks as desired.
  5. Click Save Changes.

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You can always check out WordPress.org and browse their codex or online help forums.

Why Would I Need to Modify my Permalink Suffixes?

The default permalinks are generic and only display the page's assigned number. If you want to make your permalinks appear more professional and personalized, you will need to customize them. Here is an example of what you can do:

  • Default Formatting: http://www.your-domain.com/?p=123
  • Optional Formatting: http://www.your-domain.com/recipies/chocolate-chip-cookies/

To learn more about how you can customize your permalinks, visit WordPress.org.

Important: Leaving Permalinks on their default setting will prevent the W3 Total Cache plugin from working.

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