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Permalinks - won't save my preferences (9 posts)

  1. taygeta
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi all.
    I recently installed WordPress, and I'm having a problem with permalinks. In the admin section under Options->Permalinks I should be able to change the permalink structure from the default to "date and name based" or "numeric", but when I click "Update permalink structure" it switches back to the default. The note comes up that says "permalink structure updated," so it seems to think it worked.

    Is there a way to fix this so that I can change the permalinks? Do I need to reinstall and start over? I'm skeptical that that would fix it, since it never worked properly to begin with.

    Thanks,
    Taygeta

  2. Jeremy Clark
    Moderator
    Posted 6 years ago #

    If you scroll down to the bottom of that page after updating what does it say? Does it say that the .htaccess file isn't writable or doesn't exisit.

  3. taygeta
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    It doesn't mention the .htaccess file. The only things that change when I update are that the radio button changes to the default, and at the top I get the message "permalink structure updated."

  4. Jeremy Clark
    Moderator
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Are you using an apache webserver that has mod_rewrite?

  5. taygeta
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Um, do I have to create the .htaccess file when I get started, or is it there to begin with?

  6. taygeta
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    My website is on 100webspace, and it's an Apache server, but I don't know about the mod_rewrite....

  7. Jeremy Clark
    Moderator
    Posted 6 years ago #

    If your blog root isn't world writable (which is shouldn't be) then yes you'll have to create the file and change it's permissions to 777 then change your permalinks then change it back to 775
    Good resource:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks

  8. taygeta
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Ok, I'll try that. Thanks.

  9. taygeta
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Didn't work.

    I changed the permissions to 777 and then tried to change the permalinks, and it didn't work. Then I followed the instructions in the Using Permalinks article you gave, under the Fixing Permalink Problems section. Still nothing. My .htaccess file says:
    # BEGIN WordPress

    # END WordPress

    and nothing else. So it wrote something, at least.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks.

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