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WordPress – Permalinks Settings

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In this video I’ll be going over the Permalinks Settings.

The URLs of the content you publish on your WordPress website are known as permalinks. Permalinks are what people enter into their browser address bar to view one of your pages. They are also what search engines and other websites use to link to your website. Due to this, they are very important.   To get to the Permalink Settings, click on Settings.

Then Permalinks.

There are 5 different permalink structures to choose from.   The first setting is Plain Permalinks.  The number that is used in the plain permalink advises WordPress where the content can be found in your database. This structure is not user-friendly. It is better to refer a visitor to a URL such as http://www.yourwebsite.com/big-news-story/ than http://www.yourwebsite.com/?page_id=54367.  Despite many people suggesting otherwise, search engines can index these URL’s, but they prefer you to use “friendlier” URLs.

For the Day and Name permalinks setting.  This is great for high traffic news websites that publish dozens of articles per day.  It ensures their page URLs contain the year, month, and day, that an article was published.  This setting helps prevent duplicate URL names.

For the Day and Name permalinks setting.  This is great for high traffic news websites that publish dozens of articles per day.  It ensures their page URLs contain the year, month, and day, that an article was published.  This setting helps prevent duplicate URL names.

I don’t recommend the Numeric as it is not search engine friendly and the URL’s would not be easy to remember.

Post name is very popular with WordPress owners because it generates short memorable URLs. I use it on my personal blog. It is not suitable for websites that publish multiple times per day as it will become very difficult to come up with unique post slugs. For example, a tech blog might use the post slug /iphone-6-news/ for their first iPhone 6 news story; however they could not use that post slug ever again.

With Custom Permalinks, you can use your own custom structure.  You can find the structure tags on http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks#Structure_Tags

At the bottom of this page they have an optional Category Base and Tag Base.  So if you used a Category base using Topics, your links would be http://domain-name.com/topics/uncategorized.  If you leave these blank the defaults will be used.  This option is rarely used.  You can test this setting out as you are creating your site, but I do not recommend adding anything here after your site has been online for awhile.

I suggest you take a look at all of the different permalink structures and choose the one that will fit your website needs the best.  If you won’t be doing any type of blog, the post structure would probably be best for you.  If you’re mostly going to be blogging and might have many pages with similar titles, then the Day and Name structure may be best for you.

It is best to set this structure when you start your website instead of changing it down the road.  You can change the structure of your permalinks at any time, however doing this changes the URL of your pages. This can cause your search engine traffic and referral traffic to drop considerably as visitors are presented with 404 page errors instead of the page they wanted to view.  301 redirects can stop the impact of a change in permalink structure, however it is still better to configure your website with the permalink structure you want from the beginning.

If you made any changes.  Click the Save Changes button.  That does if for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

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