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What are Permalinks?

Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual weblog posts, as well as categories and other lists of weblog postings. A permalink is what another weblogger will use to refer to your article (or section), or how you might send a link to your story in an e-mail message. Because others may link to your individual postings, the URL to that article shouldn't change. Permalinks are intended to be permanent (valid for a long time).


So instead of having a link that looks like this: /index.php?p=239


You have a link that looks like this: /archives/2005/11/15/what-i-did-today/


You will need an .htaccess file in your blog's root folder. Wordpress will create the information you need to add to it.


1. Go in to File Manager and browse to your blog folder.

2. Is there an .htaccess file there? If not create a text file and name it .htaccess

3. Change the permissions of .htaccess to 644

4. Go into your Wordpress --> Site Admin --> Options --> Permalinks

5. Change the Permalink structure to your liking or leave the defaults that Wordpress shows you.

6. Tap the Update Permalink Structure button.


In the box at the bottom of the Permalinks window should be a bunch of rewrite statements.


7. Right click in the box and select all.

8. With everything in the box selected right click and copy the text.

9. Open the .htaccess file in your blog directory for edit.

10. Paste the contents you copied from the permalink box.

11. Save the file.

12. Change the permissions of .htaccess to 444


You're done.


For more information on what tags you can use check out the Using Permalinks pages provided by Wordpress.

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