Internal links have stopped working (10 posts)

  1. guitarrabueno
    Posted 4 years ago #

    About a third of the internal links have suddenly stopped working when I try to access the posts via:-
    = my site map,
    = from blog posts
    = from the home page when clicking on the post title.
    = and even from the dashboard when clinking on "Preview Changes"

    I've tried de-activating all plugins, and re-posting some of the unavailable posts but nothing has made any difference.

    Each time I try to access the post I get a 404 page with the message "404 Error File Not Found"

    One of the unavailable posts is


    you can access the in-post link in the second paragraph of


    Please help

  2. Tara
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Try resetting your custom permalinks back to the default setting and renaming your WordPress .htaccess file. If that works, then try reading Using_Permalinks before setting a custom permalink structure again. Documentation: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks

  3. guitarrabueno
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thank you t-p

    I cleared the cache, reset the custom permalinks to default and renamed my .htaccess to .htaccess.old

    Unfortunately the problem is still exactly the same.

    If you have any other suggestions I would be happy to try them. I really don't know what to do...

  4. Tara
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Try re-saving your permalink structure at Admin panel>>>Settings>>>Permalinks. WordPress either creates/amends the .htaccess file for you or provides you with the correct block of code to manually add to your .htaccess file.

    Note: if you are on a windows (IIS) host, or some other host besides linux, they don't use .htaccess files

  5. guitarrabueno
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi t-p

    yes, I've just done that but the problem stays the same

    This is the permalink custom structure I am using..


  6. Tara
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    If clearing your Permalinks does not alleviate the issue, this could be attributed to anything from a web server configuration to a bad WordPress install...

    You may want to contact your hosting provider and discuss the isue with them.

  7. guitarrabueno
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I'm using WordPress version 3.4.1 and I'm not sure exactly when the permalink problem occurred, it is possible that it happened when I upgraded to the latest version.

    Do you think there is any point in re-installing wordpress 3.4.1, or even going back to an earlier version?

    I can't think of anything that has happened to cause the problem

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    What is in your .htaccess file?

  9. Tara
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Have you tried:

    -deactivating ALL plugins temporarily to narrow down the problem. If the problem goes away, re-activate them individually (one-by-one) to find the problematic plugin(s).

    -switching to the unedited default theme (Twenty Eleven) for a moment by renaming your current theme's folder in wp-content/themes. The idea is to force WordPress to fall back to the default theme to rule out any theme-specific issue.

    -If the above troubleshooting steps do not resolve the issue, try manually re-upload all files and folders EXCEPT the wp-config.php file and the /wp-content/ directory from a fresh download of WordPress. This should replace your core files without changing your content and settings in wp-config.php file and the /wp-content/ directory.

    Make sure you backup your database, in case

  10. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    If this was a core issue. I'd expect all internal links to fail. Since it's only reported as being about 1/3rd of the links, it sounds more like an intermittent plugin issue or perhaps some issue with the server and the url rewrites.

    What happens if you switch to using the default permalink structure?

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