When it comes to permalink, it refers to a URL pointing to a specific page. Although the overwhelming majority of webmasters have a clear understanding of permalink, few of them change its structure when they manage their WordPress websites. Before we discuss the method to change WordPress permalink structure, we will explain why webmasters should change it.
Why Webmasters Should Change WordPress Permalink Structure
In fact, the default permalinks are not user-friendly, especially for SEO. With a default permalink structure, it will show the dates of posts. We have to tell webmasters that having a date in their blogs or posts would diminish the CTR (click through rate), because many people are reluctant to click the old posts. In this way, webmasters must know the reason why they should change the permalink structure for the WordPress websites.
How to Change WordPress Permalink Structure
In this article, we will introduce one of the most effective and useful methods to help webmasters to change the WordPress permalink
structure without losing heavy traffic of their websites and backlinks from other sites.
Generally speaking, there are four steps to get this issues resolved. And we will explain it one by one in the following article.
Step1. Finding out Your Permalink Structure
The first step that webmasters need to do is that find out where the permalink structure is in their WordPress sites. To figure it out, they should go to Settings, then Permalink inside their WordPress dashboard. And we will give some examples of some default permalinks:
- Category permalink: example.com/?cat=123
- Post permalink: example.com/?p=123
- Archive permalink: example.com/?m=201010
Step2. Generating the Redirect Code
Then, webmasters should do is to create the code to add .htaccess file by using the Generate Redirects Tool. As long as finishing this, please enter the URL of your blog or website. After that, select the current permalink structure that you figured out in the previous step.
Step3. Adding the Code to .htaccess Files
Now, webmasters will receive a single line of code that should be added to the .htaccess files after hitting the generate redirect.
Step4. Change Permalink Settings in WordPress
At last, webmasters should change the settings in the WordPress dashboard, trying to make the redirect active. And then webmasters need to go to Settings>Permalink and change the settings to post name. After that, the permalink structure will be redirected to a new one.