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  • Several months ago, pretty permalinks stopped working on my blog. After some research, it sounded like Windows hosting was my problem, but I’ve since moved to Linux and still can’t seem to fix or even identify the problem.

    When I try to switch to pretty permalinks in the dashboard, I get the “You need to update your .htaccess file” notice. I’ve tried updating .htaccess several times and no luck. I also changed permissions on the .htaccess file to see if I could get it to update automatically and still no success.

    Any help? Thanks in advance.

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    Rename or delete the old .htaccess file and update or refresh the permalinks. That is known to work.

    And yeah – Windows hosting has tendencies like that

    Thanks, Archie22is! I’ve done what you suggested but it seems I’m dealing with a bigger problem than I thought.

    When “default” permalinks are switched on, old post links seem to work fine. When I switch to “pretty,” (with or without updating the .htaccess file), none of the old posts that were created with pretty permalinks work; instead I get 404 errors. I also can’t seem to create any NEW test posts that will open, no matter if I create them with default permalinks or pretty ones. In other words, nothing new is posting to the blog, no matter what the permalinks are set to.

    Could this be something to do with moving from GoDaddy/Windows to HostGator/Linux? I am completely baffled.


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