This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

Universal Slugs


WordPress is brilliantly designed for SEO but, if you happen to speak a language that uses characted that are not included on the English alphabet, then you either have to bear with massive, odd looking permalinks, or manually update each one whenever you write a post or a page.

Universal Slugs fixes this problem by hooking into your normal workflow and fixing the auto-generated urls behind the scenes.

The plugin will also remove common words such as “and”, “και”, “το”, “the” etc. from the URLs, as they do simply contribute to the URL length without adding anything to the meaning or the SEO value.


  1. Unzip and upload the universal-slugs older to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Make sure you have correctly specified you blog’s language in wp-config.php
  4. Slugs will be automatically normalized when you save your posts, you don’t have to do anything.
    NOTE: The slug will not be updated the VERY FIRST TIME you update a post. That is ok, the update will happen every time after the first!


Can you add support for my language?

Sure, but help with the list of stopwords will definately help.
You can speed up the process by using mapping-tool.php to create the mappings and stopwords and sending it to us, we will them incorporate your language to Universal Slugs as soon as possible.

Contributors & Developers

“Universal Slugs” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


Translate “Universal Slugs” into your language.

Interested in development?

Browse the code, check out the SVN repository, or subscribe to the development log by RSS.



  • Rewrote to support multiple localization data


  • Added Greek stopwords to be removed from slugs


  • PHP4+ compatibility, wordpress 2.6+ compatibility


  • First version. Greek only, PHP5+