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  • you should mention just


    inside the block “Custom Structure” at Settings >> Permalinks >> Custom Structure. You can refer to this article of WordPress codex. Hope it will help you!

    Okay so to the left of that block I already have “Custom Structure” and it’s greyed out. In fact all of them are greyed out. If I click on the button and put “/%postname%/” and save settings I get
    “” in my URL when I look at my site. When I go back into my dashboard go to settings/permalinks the botton next to postname is highlighted…

    Archana Solanki I think I forgot to mention that this site has been setup and running for quite a few years. Is best practice to change permalinks to page or post ex.

    Yes, using a post name in permalinks is the best practice. Here is a a guide. You will find many other articles on the same topic. Please let me know whether the issue you had posted has been fixed or not.

    Hi there,

    Apologies, I misunderstood your question. Yes, changing permalinks after a long time may affect your site traffic and SEO related things.

    Here is a list of guides that will help you to change permalinks of your site without losing anything.

    Please see:



    I hope this will help you!


    Archana Solanki thank you for your reply. I’ve been reading about permalinks and this issue for weeks. I know I can probably fix my issue by going into the wpconfig to change my permalink but I want to know why it’s greyed out and how to fix it. Then I’ll try to change the link. When I first started using WordPress I didn’t know the best practices but now the client wants it changed. Any help will so be appreciated. 🙂

    Archana thank you, I’ve read through all of the url’s that you gave me but none apply to my situation. Do you or does anyone know why the permalinks get greyed out? If I knew why I could have them fixed. I looked at the permissions on my .htacess file and permissions are as should be.

    Can anyone explain to me why the permalinks get greyed out? Also I was looking at another thread that said that they changed the permalinks in wp_config and then received After changing the site URL, to undo the changes that caused the 404 error the .htaccess file needed to be removed from the new location (which was the root directory in my case). How do I know if the .htaccess file has been moved?

    This issue has been resolved. I worked around with it for a while and was able to fix it via the database itself. I described how it was done in the following article:

    Permalinks explanation – Hard to get support

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