WordPress Mistake Tip #2: Changing Permalinks

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.

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

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I have worked with Shawn at Graticle for three years, which should speak volumes in and of itself. I am a high school teacher and serve as the Coordinator for the AVID program. Each August-September we create new t-shirts for distribution to all 140 of our students, along with supportive members of the faculty, staff, and administration.

My team of AVID teachers brainstorms ideas for both the front and back of the shirt, and I present the best one or two concepts to Shawn for his expert feedback. We quickly settle on the best design idea and colors, and then Shawn and I bounce more detailed suggestions off each other for a few days. His suggestions always result in significant improvements to my rough concept. He presents me with graphic “rough drafts” at each stage of our discussion until we have a design I’m really happy with.

Shawn then works his magic, and the final design is the work of a consummate professional. We get tons of compliments on our shirts, starting with our t-shirt printer, and usually end up having to do a second print run for additional faculty and staff who want one of the shirts. This year, a middle school in Southern California saw the design and asked if they could use it.

Another positive aspect of working with Graticle is that Shawn is easy to reach by phone or email, and he is very responsive. I hear back from him either the same day or the next day.

Working with Shawn and Graticle has been a pleasure, He produces good work quickly and at a fair price. I recommend him to you without reservation.

Bill Wolfe

Teacher & AVID Coordinator

Taft Union High School

www.taft.k12.ca.us

Taft, California

I have worked with Shawn on multiple Web design projects and all I have to say is, he is the best person I have ever partnered with.

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He asked all the right questions, and his process for building sites is better than anyone’s I’ve seen.

Just hire him. That’s it.

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Owner

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Vancouver, Washington