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  • I am using WordPress on my site at to create a web site with nested pages. I have read all I can about the PERMALINKS and if I set them to “Post Name” I can go direct to some of the main pages (i.e. COMPANIES and LAUGHTON’S WORLDWIDE) but I can not go to others (i.e ANCESTORS or MILITARY). Similarly if I edit those pages from within the dashboard I can not view those pages.

    For example, if I go to this page: or

    I get this message:

    “You don’t have permission to access /ancestors/ on this server.”

    If I go to it works fine?

    If I set it back to default it works but then I can not use the directory structure.

    (by the way, that is not my Gravatar! Trying to solve that problem as well elsewhere – that is my friend Urban who I created a blog for some years ago!)

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  • Got the Gravatar fixed finally! Now if I can find out how to fix the pages and permalinks.

    Not sure what caused the problem but I was able to fix it so that the permalink to the sub-directories (pages) works okay. There must have been something wrong in the pages that I could not view in edit or live format. I fixed the problem by creating a new parent page (i.e. companies-2) and then moving the sibling pages over under that new parent. I then deleted the original “companies” page and renamed “companies-2” to “companies”. Now they work fine.

    I would still be interested to learn WHY this problem occurred. I could not see anything in either of the original pages that was different than any other page. The only thing that I can think of was that the parent pages were created early in the site development and I may have made changes within the styles sheet later that were not compatible with the initial pages? Just a thought?

    Well now I am really confused! I had gone through the process described above and all the permalinks worked with the POST NAME. A few days later the site has reverted back to the point that the direct links to the main sub-pages (nested pages) no longer work?

    It appears to me that the links work when they are first created but then something happens over time as the site is processed and the links stop working.

    Does anyone have any idea as to:

      Can this be fixed or is it a permanent problem?
      If it can be fixed, what are the steps?

    Thanks in advance,

    Added later after further review:

    Is it possible that the information contained on this post about 403 has the answer?

    I had put the following in the .htaccess file as I thought I had to do:

    # BEGIN WordPress
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
    # END WordPress

    So did I turn the re-write engine on when I should have left it off? Or do I need to change this .htaccess file to alleviate the problem?

    I am receiving a 404 on some of my pages also. It’s so annoying! I deleted some pages and remade them but for some reason /jamiethecomic for example is 404 but jamiethecomic/review/…. works fine. What is happening?!

    It was working fine just over a week ago and now all of a sudden I did nothing and its gone messed up. HELP!

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