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  • Hi All

    I’m trying to help my brother out with his website, its the first time that I’ve used wordpress.

    I’m desperately trying to change the url’s, but have had no luck so I thought that the time has come to send this post!

    I have tried to change the permalink settings. However, I was given the message that the system could not access the web.config file. I have tried to change my permissions on the files using dreamweaver, but although both web-config and wp-config have had their permissions set to 777 this hasn’t made a difference.

    I have also tried to add the code that the permalinks page suggested, but this hasn’t made a difference, in fact when I added it to the web-config file all links on the site were broken.

    Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction? I’d really appreciate your help?



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  • i would go here if i were you

    PS: There’s no need to play with permissions on wordpress

    Thank you for your response

    I’ve already read but that hasn’t helped me so far.

    I can’t seem to find a .htaccess file on the site, and I have hidden files visible.

    To fix this, would I need to contact the host of the site, so that the config files can be automatically rewritten?

    Thank you

    i think that’s your best bet – yes!

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    If you don’t have a .htaccess file, you can make a blank one.

    Just make a file called .htaccess and set permissions to 755. Then WordPress can write to it.

    Thanks so much guys, I appreciate all of your help

    Sorry, just one other quick question. Separate to any hosting or permissions issues, I can’t work out where to put the suggested code

    : –

    If your web.config file were writable, we could do this automatically, but it isn’t so this is the url rewrite rule you should have in your web.config file. Click in the field and press CTRL + a to select all. Then insert this rule inside of the /<configuration>/<system.webServer>/<rewrite>/<rules> element in web.config file.
    <rule name="wordpress" patternSyntax="Wildcard"> <match url="*" /> <conditions> <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsFile" negate="true" /> <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsDirectory" negate="true" /> </conditions> <action type="Rewrite" url="index.php" /> </rule>
    If you temporarily make your web.config file writable for us to generate rewrite rules automatically, do not forget to revert the permissions after rule has been saved.

    I looked at the web config file and there is no ‘rewrite’ or ‘rule’ section? Can anyone help me with this? Sorry I just need to get decent url’s then I’ll be complete!

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Oh. You have a web.config. That means you’re on IIS, not Linux.

    Ask your webhost.

    Thank you, thats helpful information.

    Have a good evening everyone, and thanks for your help

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