(Note: I've been a accurate as I could here, but with a page or two deleted and my head spinning from the whole mess, I may have made an error or two in my reporting, although I don't think so. Sorry if I did.)
I installed WordPress in the /news/ directory of my site. I want the URL of the home page (frontpage) of the WP installation to be http://mysite.com/news
At first, it was. But then, I changed the permalinks to a custom setting:
At that point, the URL of my WP frontpage changed to --
-- with a "Page Not Found" message.
When I put the proper URL in the browser window, it immediately switched to this. So first, the browser was taking me to a URL I didn't want, and then it was saying, "page not found."
I DON'T want this permalink structure for my frontpage (or for any other ***pages*** on the site)! I want it only for the POSTS!
I knew I could manually edit permalinks for a page, but I couldn't find anywhere to do this for the default page. So I created a new page, and set the permalink to mysite.com/news
Actually, I think that worked, as far as it went. (Unfortunately, I can't recreate the situation right now, for reasons explained below.) However, the frontpage was now a static page. I wanted it to be a posts page. So I went to Settings / Reading Settings - and for Front Page Displays, "Your latest posts" WAS selected (as opposed to "Static page").
Well, I wanted a posts page, so I deleted the page I had made, but the original "posts" frontpage didn't reappear even when I changed the permalinks setting back to what it had been. So I changed it back to the permalinks setting I want, and tried to create another page with the URL (permalink) mysite.com/news - but this time, it wouldn't let me do that, it automatically made it into mysite.com/news-2 so it must be seeing the earlier page mysite.com/news somewhere even though I had deleted it.
And in fact, when I go to trash, I do see that page there -- but I don't see the original frontpage that got displaced by my first new page with the requested permalink mysite.com/news
Pardon me for a minute, while I say GAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!
Here's what I want.
1) The frontpage is a "posts" page with the URL mysite.com/news
2) Any other PAGES I create will also have a URL that does not include date, etc., but only mysite.com/news/preferred-page-name/
3) POSTS have a URL like mysite.com/news/2012/04/27/category-name/post-title
Can anyone out there lead me from the wilderness to the Promised Land?