I have ran into a bit of trouble configuring wordpress on a local server using Apache. I have other non-wordpress projects that I work on, so I want to be able to make a specific subdirectory (called wordpress) that will hold all of my wordpress config files and it's sub directories. Everything was working fine at first, until I decided to change my permalink from the default to a custom (/%category%/%postname%/). Since this change, I have not been able to access any of my pages, besides the homepage. Whenever I try too, I get an error stating that this object does not exist.
Wordpress is able to write to my .htaccess file and even though the page cannot be displayed, the url in the address bar is what I wanted.
I even tried to make a directory within the wordpress directory myself (with the proper permissions) and still no dice. I guess I am confused as to what goes into the sub directory I wish to create in order for wordpress to properly access it.
Although this is only local and I could easily go back to the default permalink, I would still like to know what is the problem.
I am new to CMSs and any advice will be greatly appreciated.