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Do you want to customize the permalinks for your WordPress posts, pages, and other post types? We’ve had users reach out to us wanting to customize this safely without breaking their links. In this video, we’ll show you how to create custom permalinks in WordPress without affecting your SEO.

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At the end of the video, we will show you how to create redirects but for sites with a visitor base, we would recommend caution before changing permalinks. For your standard permalinks, you can go under Settings, Permalinks and modify the permalink structure there. We normally recommend the post name structure for most sites.

Below the standard permalinks, there is the option to change the category and tag base. This would mean rather than your site/category/name it would be what you set here replacing category in the URL.

For individual posts or pages, with the block editor, you would go next to the title for modifying or in the document settings under permalink. This will allow you to change the final part of the permalink with the post’s name only to let you make it the correct name that you are wanting.

For changing a category you would go under Posts, Categories, and click the edit link beneath the category name you want to modify. You will both have the option to change the name you see on the back end of your site as well as the slug which is what is added in the URL.

For editing the author slug we would recommend using the Edit Author Slug plugin found here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/edit-author-slug/

With that active, you can go under Users, All Users and edit the user who’s slug you want to modify. For the permalink for authors in general if you wanted to change that then you would want to go under Settings, Edit Author Slug.

For even greater control over your permalinks, we would recommend the Custom Permalinks plugin found here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-permalinks/

With the plugin activated you can edit the post you want and scroll down to find the custom permalink editor below. This will give you the power to make this specific content have any permalink you want. You can also visit the categories themselves to customize it there.

With the permalinks changed this can cause 404 errors when trying to visit their old links which is a greater problem for already set up sites. To solve this we will be using the Redirection plugin found here:

https://wordpress.org/plugins/redirection/

this will allow you to redirect the posts from their old locations to your new custom permalink.

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35 Comments

  • Blogging Prime on November 25, 2019

    First 😊👍

  • Aman jhurani on November 25, 2019

    Second

  • My Name on November 26, 2019

    Thanks , Let's say I had an old site with a link like /foldername/test.html Now moving to new site but want to preserve only that particular URL for on page only I tried to change the permanent link of one page but it does not accept test.html it only accepts test.html/ as a folder . Any way to do this?

  • clint james on December 18, 2019

    i wish i was slightly more advanced in this to take advantage of you excellent teaching. however when you flew by the part with all the %hge% signs and not explain specifically what they are for. so where can i find something rudimentary for slow people like myself who just learned what a permalink was. i will subscribe.

  • Hayhididn on January 20, 2020

    Are these URLs absolute or relative? If you were to migrate/restore to a new site location would these change with the migration?

  • X _ X on February 20, 2020

    i can't found menu "permalink" in my wordpress :(.. why?

  • Bárbara Santos on April 24, 2020

    How would you apply this after migration from blogger? Since blogger permalinks have year/month structure in them.
    Thanks!

  • Shrikant Rangam on May 24, 2020

    Awesome dear 🤗🤗🙏🙏

  • Chuck Rosseel on May 29, 2020

    Say I have an established WP blog where all the post urls have the date in them. I know how to change the urls so they only show the post title in the url. I go to settings, permalinks and change it. However after doing that I will have lost all the links and seo I had developed with the old permalinks that had the date in them. Say there are over 100 posts. You really didn't explain how to universally redirect all those old post urls (containing dates) to the news urls (containing only post title) without suffering any link and/or seo damage. Will the "redirect" plugin you mentioned accomplish this? Do I have to change the css code or other code? Is there a simple way to do this?

  • J FRASER on June 7, 2020

    If I change a permalink on a page, do I also need to update the button that I have on my homepage which is linked to that page?

  • victor ojeda gallego on June 23, 2020

    Thaks a lot! Miss, You're the best!

  • Dan on June 26, 2020

    So Squarespace post links have http://www.websiteurl/blogs/postname. How do we have the same permalink structure in WP?

  • Syeda Eraj on July 12, 2020

    I want to remove product category from the url..for example http://www.myweb.com/neu/led_bulb instead of..http://www.mywev.com/neu/product-categories/led_bulb

    Reply asap

  • Aaron Razer on July 12, 2020

    If I own multiple different domains, how do I get the domains to go to separate pages of my main website? Like if I search one of my domains, instead of it taking me to the front page of my main website it takes me to a specific page of my website?

  • Wilson Chidi on July 20, 2020

    You saved me from stress. Many Thanks

  • Serhiy Chubyk on August 9, 2020

    Really good and clear content!

  • Abdul Wasio on August 15, 2020

    Hey I can not find the permalink option please help me

  • Milica Milic on September 2, 2020

    Hello. I am using wordpress.org and I can change overall permalinks but I do not see an option to change it for individual posts. Do you know why that would be? I've tried in classic and block editors.

  • keshav Sood on September 10, 2020

    thankyou so so soooo much ,I was sad whole day after change permalink setting. your video helped me.

  • Brandi on September 17, 2020

    I purchased a domain and am using wordpress.org I just noticed that at the top my url is now completely different then what it was and I don't know how to fix it. Have you heard of that happening?

  • anthony guada on September 18, 2020

    I am noticing a difference at 1:10
    <YOURS> POST NAME https://startawpsite.com/sample-post/
    < MY > POST NAME http://startawpsite.com/sample-post/
    I am unable to place the letter S after the http as that block is grey and unchangeable.
    Thank yo for reading. Also I hope to your viewer's they find your reply helpful.

  • Jeff Woodruff on October 12, 2020

    Hello. Do you know how I can change my shop page so that it is my new home page? Thank you for your time

  • Armando Ello on October 23, 2020

    Can you please talk about capitals in the permalinks

  • REJOICE. Great Grace. on November 21, 2020

    Thanks for the good work.

  • Brain Washer | Suhaib on November 30, 2020

    Thanks

  • Suma vlog on December 19, 2020

    Nc

  • Asma Manzoor on December 22, 2020

    Awesome! great

  • Tiến Cường Audio on January 3, 2021

    Hello! Links on product catalogs are not allowed

  • Victor Newman on February 4, 2021

    can we add a category in WordPress business website pages instead of post?

  • 𝐓𝐦𝐡𝐫𝐭 on April 16, 2021

    Okay, how to remove this from my link? b%8a-%e1%89%85%e1%88%98%e1%88%9d-%e1%88%9d%e1%88%b5%e1%8c%8b%e1%8a%93-%e1%88%b5%e1%88%9d%e1%8a%95%e1%89%b0%e1%8a%9b%e1%8b%8d-%e1%89%80%e1%8a%95/

  • green movies on May 8, 2021

    thanks a lot…

  • Faith Biete on May 17, 2021

    I have just set up a woocommerce site, I have thousands of products, and I don't like the way the URL is set up. Is there a way I can bulk edit the URL?

  • Luis Gallego on June 2, 2021

    Thank you a lot for your tutorial! ¿Will it work if I create categories by country names and then tags for states into particular categories, and then city tags into any state tag? Like: http://www.website.com/country/state-tag/city-tag... and then, or as final URL to the slug formula, get to show or link to a post? 😛 Not sure if that can work or can be made for a business directory website

  • kapil karki on August 18, 2021

    Thank you Thank you so so much for this making plugin

  • Research Branch on November 16, 2021

    If I add categories in my home navigation menu while keeping the main blog page as well, will it create a duplicate content issue?
    like I have categories of
    buying guides
    product reviews
    and my top navigation menu looks like

    Home About Buying guides products reviews blogs contact

    will it create a duplicate content problem? as I will be having posts that are common in categories and original blog page.

    how to fix this?

    please, I will be waiting for your timely response.

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