How Do I Change the Permalink Structure?

Last update: 16 August, 2018

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.

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  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’. 
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  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.
  6. 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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