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  • Resolved barnyoka


    I’ve been blogging for nearly two years. I have known about permalinks, tried to use them once and lost all my posts until I switched back to the ugly form – BIG scare to a newbie!

    Now, I would like to restructure my blog to include them. I have checked the codex, searched the forums, read a few blog posts and even downloaded a couple of things.

    However, in the end, it seems I need to be able to write code and programs in order to use permalinks. I cannot do that; functionally illiterate.

    Is there another way?

    Any advice much appreciated; you folks are usually pretty great about providing answers!

    Feeling very confused,

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  • You don’t need to code, just change the permalinks under “settings”->”permalinks”. When your system is good for al the requirements, everything should be done for you.

    With all due respect, no, it is not that easy. I went to Settings/Permalinks and clicked on Custom, then wrote what I thought was appropriate. That lost my posts for me.

    Then I clicked one of the other options and save that, and that lost my posts for me.

    Then I clicked Default, and that restored my posts for me.

    I understand enough to know that when you change the permalink option, all of your old posts need file redirects, yes? So, I had downloaded Dean’s Permalink Migration plugin and tried working with that. No change.

    Now I’m back where I started. At least people can still find my posts, even if the links are not pretty.

    I really need someone to walk me through this process if I am ever going to be able to manage it. Sorry if I’ve wasted anyone’s time here.


    Dena, it’s ok. You didn’t lose your posts, they are still there 😉 Are you on a Linux server? If so make sure mod_rewrite is turned on.

    Sorry to take so long to get back to this. I’m on a MacBook Pro using OS 10.5.4; is that Linux?!? Where do I turn on mod_rewrite? See – I told you I was illiterate . . .




    barnyoka, he means what sort of server has your webhost put your blog on? You can find this out by checking out the admin interface for your web hosting service.

    mod_rewrite is a rule that can be modified in your .htaccess file

    if you don’t know what you’re doing with your .htaccess file you can really muck things up – follow the instructions exactly

    I’ve since learned that I must be on Linux. Thanks for the link to the codex. I’ve been there before, and it all looks a bit intimidating to me. I’m so impressed by the speed with which WP has developed. I think I’ll just wait until someone comes up with a widget or a new version of WP that will handle this job for me. My ugly permalinks may be ugly, but they do work!

    Truly – thanks!

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