WordPress Mistake Tip #2: Changing Permalinks

January 09, 2015    Reading Time: 1 Minute

Permalinks? Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

Permalinks are the address to a web page.

For instance: graticle.com/?p=903 or graticle.com/services.

In WordPress, both of the web addresses above go to the same place.

The first URL ending in /?p=903 is WordPress’ default permalink (appropriately called an Ugly Permalink). The second URL ending in /services is called a Pretty Permalink and is available within WordPress with a simple change.

A lot of beginning WordPress users aren’t aware of how to change this setting, or don’t make it a priority to do so.

The best reason for choosing Pretty Permalinks are that they’re readable, user-friendly and easy to share. Referring someone to graticle.com/services is a bit more memorable than asking them to type in graticle.com/?p=903.

Plus, these Pretty Permalinks will show up in search engines, allowing users to get an idea of what your web page is about:

Permalinks in Google Search

How to Change Permalinks in WordPress

Now that you’re all up-to-speed, here’s how to change your Permalink structure in WordPress:

Changing Permalinks in WordPress

The most popular or standard Permalink Setting is Post Name.

This allows the title of your page to become the Permalink like you saw with /services in the example above.

If you’d like more information on the other Permalink Settings (when to use, etc.), you can read all about it.

And, Done.

Want More WordPress Tips?

Check out our WordPress Mistake #1: Selecting Image Sizes

Last updated on August 31, 2016. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc. You can follow him at Google+

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