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  • Resolved Lassefm

    (@lassefm)


    I wanted to change my permalink structure from http://example.com/?p=N to http://example.com/category/post-name/.

    So I changed the structure in my settings to /%category%/%postname%/.

    After I saved my changes the blog doesn’t work. 🙁 I can’t access my website and I can’t even access wp-login.php anymore so I can’t change it back.

    I hope someone can help and tell my why the problem occured and how to reset it. Thanks.

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  • Roy

    (@gangleri)

    I made the same mistake. Make the structure example.com/category/post-id/postname and your problem is most likely solved.

    Lassefm

    (@lassefm)

    But how do I change it? I can’t login to my wordpress blog via wp-login.php so I am kinda stuck. I can access the files on my ftp-server, though, so is there a specific file I can edit there to reset the permalinks structure?

    Roy

    (@gangleri)

    You got THAT far…? I noticed in time and could still use the “back” button. Weird, though, because the admin panel has nothing to do with the permalinks. I’m afraid I have no tips regarding FTP or the Control Panel… Maybe you can have a look at the htaccess? I’m not sure if permalinks has something to do with that, but they DO require ‘mod-rewrite’. Hopefully that gives you an idea, otherwise I hope that somebody else has a better idea…

    Lassefm

    (@lassefm)

    Yeah I got that far :/ tried to use the back button, but it wouldn’t load the previous page. It is strange that it affects the admin panel, I don’t get that either…

    I am pretty clueless right now, so I hope someone can help. Thanks for the reply though Gangleri

    Roy

    (@gangleri)

    Well, it has definately something to do with your htaccess file. If you go to your control panel and open it in a viewer, you may see some url-rewriting lines that you can delete and try to login again. I have never done such a thing, but here’s something you can try and hopefully there’s someone to talk you through it (or with a better idea!).

    WildBil2Me

    (@wildbil2me)

    Lassefm,

    Can you provide a URL where this is happening? If it is the permalink structure then you can manually change this by going into the WordPress database by using something like phpMyAdmin – it’s a little complicated but not too hard.

    The strange thing, though, is that you shouldn’t be blocked from accessing your /wp-admin or /wp-login.php files – at least not necessarily.

    If you could share the URL it might shed light on the issue.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42)

    WordPress.org Admin

    Changing the permalinks should not block you out of wp-admin no matter what you do. wp-admin doesn’t use permalinks.

    If you’re locked out of wp-admin, try renaming your .htaccess file temporarily.

    WildBil2Me

    (@wildbil2me)

    “/%category%/%postname%/” is actually perfectly acceptable code to use for your permalink structure too.

    Chances are there’s an underlying problem of some sort.

    Lassefm

    (@lassefm)

    WildBil2Me: The site I’m running the blog on is http://www.spend.dk . After I changed the permalinks I could not access the blog OR the wp-admin.php file. I have tried resetting the database by deleting all the tables in it (blog is still under construction so not too big a loss) but with no luck. So now my database is empty.

    Otto42: I have been looking for my .htaccess-file since Gangleri told me about it, but can’t seem to find it. It should be in my root directory, right? Can it be a hidden file of some sort? I am using filezilla, can’t find anywhere where I can tell it to show hidden files..

    As most of you have stated, the admin files should not be affected – but somehow they did.

    Roy

    (@gangleri)

    Hi all, the Codex that I referred to advises to add ‘something numerical’ to the permalink and wonders if that also goes for WP 2.x.x, I think it is save to say after this thread that it does. When I tried to do the same a few months back (2.1.3 or before I guess), I was also blocked from my admin panel, but I just hit the “back” button and undo what I did. Somehow these things seem related, but I don’t know how. In any case, Lassefm has a serious problem. I also thought about deleting the htaccess (renaming may indeed be an even better idea) temporarily. Would that solve his problem?

    Lassefm

    (@lassefm)

    Just found the ‘show hidden files’-button in FileZilla. But there is no .htaccess-file to be found. But according to the link provided by Gangleri, I shouldn’t necessarily have one, if I understand it right.

    Roy

    (@gangleri)

    If you don’t, your pretty permalinks won’t work. In any case, the .htaccess is supposed to be in your root directory. I cannot see it using FTP, but I can when I check my files in my control panel. (Btw, I’m off for tonight, good luck with everything.)

    moshu

    (@moshu)

    At this moment your WP is not installed. The address you gave above displays the installation page… Install it quickly before someone else clicks on it 🙂

    Lassefm

    (@lassefm)

    Wow. I contacted my web host about the issue some 7 hours ago, and now they have fixed it. I now have a clean installation of WordPress, so I can use the blog again.. Yay! But I still don’t know why the permalinks messed up my admin panel.

    I’ll leave the thread open for a bit if people want to discuss the issue. Thanks all for the help.

    moshu

    (@moshu)

    Make sure your server/host has all the requirements for Using_Permalinks.

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