I'm going to assume that (1) most people are now using 2.7; and (2) most people (as with any statistical bell curve) tend to set up wordpress blogs with some commonalities, and therefore do not require uber-customization instruction.
I've set up some run of the mill blogs recently, only to find that my attempt to set some custom, but common sense, PERMALINKS, has been a failure.
My blogs are page-oriented, in that only one of five pages is the actual blog, and so the first categorization is for PAGES. Then by CATEGORIES, and then by POSTS. (All this in lieu of the stupid ?p=123 default structure).
Pages and categories work just fine, but the actual blog links come us as "Permanent Link to..." and are unclickable.
And now to my question: Is there a single-page explanation of how to fix this? I've searched dozens of incomplete Permalinks posts and forums, and all I keep seeing is that I need to give .htaccess certain permissions, or create a php.ini file. I don't HAVE an .htaccess file anywhere in my WordPress directory (perhaps because it was GoDaddy-specific installed?). The fact is, this can't possibly be this difficult an issue, and yet I'm bewildered by a lack of information on a clear, step by step solution.
So may challenge is for anyone to come up with a one-page (or less) custom permalinks how-to guide that will work for MOST (ceratinly not all) issues regarding customization.