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[resolved] How to change permalinks structure without breaking current urls (6 posts)

  1. johnl
    Posted 5 years ago #

    We are using wordpress 3.0.1 and using the following permalinks structure /%category%/%postname%/. We have lot of sub categories so the problem is url is becoming long.

    eg. http://www.example.com/flood/100year/critical/flood_property_information_1/

    Is it possible to change permalinks structure in settings without breaking current urls.

    When I change permalink structure to /%post_id%/%postname%/ I want wordpress to create new url with new permalink structure but keeping old urls same.

    If i create flood_property_information_2 post then i want both urls to work by not rewriting old url.


    Is there a simple solution for this? Thanks for your help.

  2. James Huff
    Support Team Rep.
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Actually, all you need to do is change the permalinks. WordPress will automatically 301 (permanent) redirect traffic from the old permalinks to the new permalinks.

  3. johnl
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks for the tip. It works.

  4. James Huff
    Support Team Rep.
    Posted 5 years ago #

    You're welcome!

  5. johnl
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I guess I spoke too soon. forgot to remove this url redirect in .htaccess when tested this specific url. I did more testing today. It's redirecting fine for when url has only one category. when it has sub categories in url it's returning 404 status code.

    eg. http://www.example.com/flood/flood_property_information_1/ gets redirected to http://www.example.com/flood_property_information/1

    eg. http://www.example.com/flood/100year/critical/flood_property_information_1/ returns 404 instead redirecting since it has two subcategories under flood.

    Is there a way to fix url redirection issue with sub categories? If there is no fix can you please tell me how to generate urls for all posts in wordpress so i can manually put redirects in .htaccess for all those urls?

    Thanks for your help.

  6. johnl
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I used "Permalinks Moved Permanently" plugin that fixed the issue with redirecting to correct url it has more than 1 category in url. I thought wordpress 3.0.1 version will automatically handles this but i guess it's not.

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