How Do I Change the Permalink Structure?

Last update: 16 March, 2017

We highly recommend you use just /%postname%/ for your site structure for the reasons covered in this article. If you are using the default permalink setting ( http://www.example.com/?p=123), we will display a notice that recommends changing the structure.

Clicking the ‘Fix It’ does not automatically fix it. Instead it directs you to the correct admin page so you can skip to step 3 below.
1
Log in to your WordPress website. When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Settings’.
2
The ‘Settings’ menu will expand providing you additional options. Click on ‘Permalinks’.
3
Select ‘Post name’.

4
Save changes.
The change is immediate so now you’ll want to redirect your visitors from the old permalink structure to the new one.
5
Use this tool to generate the correct code.
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Add the code you generated in the previous step to your site’s .htaccess file. Not sure how to edit the .htaccess file? We have a ‘How to’ guide available here.

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