I have just started with wordpress and was learning to configure it over WAMP. I installed a theme and was building menus when i was lost in the pretty URLs. I somehow created the contact page and managed to get the URL as: localhost/mysite/contact. Honestly telling i dont really remember how did i do it after i messed up now but m sure i didnt use custom URL option in the permalink section.
Now i was trying to create another page called services with the slug as "services" and this time i changed the permalink to custom and included %postname%. Right after that my site broke. Now the services and the old contact page shows that "requested URL is not found" but when i go to edit page it shows the same URL. Even when i click view page inside of the edit page panel, it shows the same error message. Turning back the permalink to default brings the page back but with the ugly URL.
I read the codex page about permalinks but m not sure what i am doing wrong. Is it compulsory to change the .htaccess file after changing it to custom ?? I want to be able to create any URL irrespective of the post name. Can i do that ?