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  • Hi,
    I was experimenting with Permalinks – trialing tags etc and now get 500 – Internal server error whenever I try to browse the site.

    Any idea how I reverse this change to the default?



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  • Do you have a .htaccess file and properly setup? If not you will probably need to download wordpress and copy the .htaccess file to your document root for your website.

    thanks for replying. I did find a thread that mentioned the .htaccess file but upon searching through the wordpress folder, I don’t appear to be one.

    However, I’ve resolved the issue by deleting everything except my theme and putting a fresh copy of the wordpress files into my site folder. Probably, not the ideal solution but fortunately, I haven’t gone too far down the path as yet.

    I did also delete the permalink entry from the wp_options table (more out of desperation than any clear understanding what I was doing though).

    I guess I ideally just want to have meaningful links so instead of
    <website>?page_id=9 I’d have <website>/news etc. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of information available, so if you know of an easily digestible article on this and how to avoid the Permalink issue, that would be much appreciated



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