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  • I’ve searched but have not exactly found the answer to my problem. (If there is already a post, please just point the way…)

    But I seem to have “lost” all of the permalinks on my server from September of last year to the present. There is simply no “2006” folder, and no monthly folders from 10/05 on. (my permalink structure is set at /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/ )

    I have no idea how this happened, but they just aren’t there any more. ???

    I read a little about the .htaccess file, but so far the solutions that I read about don’t seem to be fixing it. My permissions are set to 644. I’ve tried deleting the file and letting WP recreate it. But WordPress is still not repopulating those permalink files and folders. My root folder for my blog is a folder that resides on my server (Bluehost), i.e., it is not the absolute root. And the permissions for the folder are 755. Would this matter?

    Any help at all would be much appreciated. I am at a loss.

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  • But can you *browse* to that stuff?

    WP does it all with smoke and mirrors (ok, and php with a pinch of mod_rewrite and .htaccess) so those directories never physically exist…

    Got a link?

    thanks for replying.

    I’m not exactly sure what you mean. I can’t browse–using my internet browser–to the permalinks. However, the posts appear in their normal way (albeit without comments, which seem to be dependent on the permalinks.)

    I CAN however, “browse”–via FTP–to the actual .html files for the posts prior to 9/05. They each reside on my server. They are organized by year/month/post.

    Here’s the blog:


    Ok, I am an idiot. I just realized that the html files I was referring to are probably “left-overs” from my old Blogger blog, that I migrated to WordPress.

    SO, if that’s the case, then my problem of not seeing the files on my server is solved. BUT the problem of broken permalinks is still not solved.

    sorry for being dumb.

    Ok, progress. And yes, WP won’t be creating any physical .html files.

    644 on a permalink ensures that it can be read, but WP won’t be able to update it. You might want to try setting .htaccess to 666, visiting the Permalinks page to set/check your settings and save. Watch the messages on that page when you save as it will tell you if your .htaccess file was automatically updated (make sure, of course, that one exists in your blog directory — make a blank one if necessary).

    Once you get that updated, change perms back to 644.

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