Before I get into the problem, I will mention that I posted this to an already started thread and haven't gotten an answer (over 48 hours.) Apparently that "bold posts are new" thing that isn't working is a problem-- yes, I followed board etiquette, but no, I didn't get an answer.
Now, my problem:
I'm on an apache 1.3.33 server, kernel 2.4.26. I had wordpress installed and working no problem, all seamlessly and effortlessly and with my spanky new custom theme, woohoo! Well, with the exception of my wp custom 404 page not showing up, which I didn't know about until the REAL problem kicked in.
I tried to "Edit Permalink Structure". Now everything is screwed up. Permalinks are all 404. Yes, I did the .htaccess thing right. Numerous times. I should mention that I had to edit it manually since the permission on the htaccess is 644. I also tried changing the permission (up to 666) and running the "Edit Permalink Structure" again, but it would not do it automatically no matter what. No, I'm not using "category" in my preferred new url, so that shouldn't be an issue. I'm using
I followed fixes on another thread (yes, my previous posts are there) and tried some things. Installation of the reduced rewrite plugin and a further editing of the htaccess didn't fix the problem (but did get me my custom 404 page). So I tried the ungreedy rewrite plugin (it's what's in use now) which didn't fix it and got me back to a generic 404.
Now, for this site, though I would prefer search engine friendly urls, I'd be happy to just get it back to the way it was by restoring the default urls, but there seems to be no easy way to do that. Any way in a future version you can just make a button to restore default??? That would be a nice thing just in case someone is on a server with an issue (like mine apparently is)
There is a site I was planning to use WP on that search engine friendly urls AND "static" Pages (as well as a "static" Page being defined as the entry page for the site) will be critical, and it's with the same host. I'm wondering now if that's at all possible.
fix for first site with problem for server it's presently on is MUCH preferred.
If that isn't possible, how do I simply put it back the way it was? Is there (PLEASE!) one simple file switch I can make along with restoring my original htaccess? Or do I have to do a complete reinstall of WP?
If fix on my current server isn't possible, has anyone successfully gotten this feature working on a different host? If so, can you tell me where you host? I'll need to consider a server switch for the second site, and will need to shop hosts.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.