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  • I set up the discussion options under administration – discussion.
    But there is no box of click function on my blog page. There is a comments counter visible on my blog page, but when I click on it, it simply brings me to the top of the blog page.

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  • Jeremy Clark



    There is something very strange going on with your links, the link to the comments section is:
    It might be a permalink issue or another plugin causing problems, try resetting your permalinks and then try disabling all your plugins to see if it helps.

    Dear Jeremy-

    I looked in my permalinks and could not find the extra links code there.

    I disabled all my plugins with no improvement, except I lost a custom image and can’t remember how I set it up.

    Where would I find and fix the coding for links and how does this impact on making the box for comments visible on the blog page?

    Moderator James Huff


    It is possible that permalinks could be interfering with comments, so let’s focus on those first. In Settings/Permalinks, what do you have for “Common settings”, “Category base”, and “Tag base”?

    “Common Settings”- “Custom Structure” is
    There is nothing in the “Category base” or “Tag Base”.

    Moderator James Huff


    That’s the problem. You’re only supposed to put approved structure tags in that field, not a full URL. Try entering this in the “Custom Structure” field instead:


    Alternatively, you could choose one of the defaults like “Month and name” or create anything from the approved structure tags.

    I changed the “Custom Structure” to /%post name with hypens%/ and it shows up on the edit page for the post.

    I am not sure if this is on the website or not.

    But the page title for all my website pages continue to have the sufix “blog” that I added to the Custom Structure permalinks thinking that it was the permalink for the blog page only. Consequently all my page title codes or what ever the top line on the mozilla page shows and in the permalink change function on the individual pages continue to show the “blog” suffix.
    A WP notice on the permalinks page said I need to change the .htaccess and the writablity permissions. I changed the writiablity permissions, but could not figure out where to paste the new code on the permalinks page because I could not figure out how to find or open the .htaccess file on the FTP.

    I thought I was following the direction in “WP for Dummies” and setting up pretty permalinks, but it is a disaster I can’t solve.

    Moderator James Huff


    You can’t make up structure tags, you have to choose them from the list of approved structure tags. /%post name with hypens%/ is not an approved structure tag, and you do not need to add the /blog suffix to the custom structure. Again, add only the following to the “Custom Structure” field:



    I fiiiinalllly get it. “postname” is not an example, but the actual code.

    I made the changes in “Custom Structure” But I still have “.com/blog” as a suffix on all my webpage URL names and a bar across the top of the permalinks page saying I need to make changes in .htaccess

    Can you help me on this too? Or do I need to start a new thread?

    Moderator James Huff


    Yes, you’ll have to edit the .htaccess file manually. You’ll need to use an FTP or SFTP client to access your server (get the login credentials from your hosting provider) and a plain text editor to edit (or create) the .htaccess file in your /blog/ directory.

    I noticed that your permalinks are currently showing /%categories%/, which is also not an approved tag. If you’re going for /category/post-name/, use this:


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