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  • mbrutsche



    I have installed WP on a domain which is on a godaddy virtual server, windows 2003. I am just scary enough with this stuff to really hose it up.

    The problem is when I try and change the permalink to anything other than the default. Ideally, I am trying to do custom permalinks. If I radio button anything other than the default the site 404’s. This happens across multiple domains with different installs of WP.

    Any ideas?

    Please advise.


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  • esmi


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    Thank you for posting this; I am experiencing the exact same problems.

    I have installed the latest WordPress and everything works perfectly except for the Permalinks. Whenever I adjust to anything except for the default, it results in a 404 error. I have tried every fix suggested in the Codex and in dozens of postings about this topic. None work.

    The installation did not create a .htaccess file, so I added a blank one. I have set the permissions to allow changes to the file, but when I adjust to a different permalink setting, it seems that nothing is written to the .htaccess file.

    I am also using a GoDaddy Windows Virtual Dedicated Server. I have seen postings about problems with GoDaddy and with Windows (instead of Linux), but I need to keep this server because I have other sites running on it.

    What else could it possibly be? Are there places where I can speak with someone on the phone or offer access to my site to see if anyone can troubleshoot this? Many thanks.

    You can email at and will try to help you




    I have still not found a solution, but I just noticed the two links on this post. I will try the suggestions in the help file and then reach out to ZGani if I can’t figure it out. From what I understand there is a problem with the ‘virtual directory’ not being written to. I am sure its a check box somewhere Godaddy is hiding! But, I am not sure where.


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