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Someone wrote a comment on my site saying they liked the way the links ended with .htm and if there was a plugin to do that? So I decided to write this article with the purpose of being able to share with you exactly what I did. What I did is very simple and can be done very easily from your wp-admin panel. It is called Permalinks and can be customized by going to Options - Permalinks.
What is Permalinks?
Permalinks basically means permanent URLs to your blog posts, categories, archives and pages For example, the Permalink for this blog post is:
You can customize your permalink structure very easily from the WordPress admin panel. I recommend you do this because firstly it looks a lot better than the default look (http://example.com/?p=N) and secondly, it has a significant effect on your search engine optimization. If you donâ€™t change the default Permalink structure, then your url will look something like:
http://domainname.com/index.php?p=13where 13 is the post number.
You can see that the default structure users question marks and numbers that look ugly, however WordPress offers you the ability to change this so you can have it look the way it does on this site.
There are three types of permalinks:
Default: (not very pretty…)
The default looks like http://bloggerholic.com/?p=123 Where p=123 is the post number. The reason why they use this as the default is because it works on all server environments like Linux and Windows. A lot of people donâ€™t like the default look though for obvious reasons, it doesn’t look professional as some of the other options.
The three other options you have are:
1) Date and name based:
The above will show the date the post was created as well as the name of the post title
You can specify what custom structure you want to have. Now this is the option I go for in all my sites and this is the structure I specify:
If you have more than one post with the same name then it can cause confusion so thatâ€™s why I add post_id%.htm at the end.
So now my url for this page for instance will be……
Other options you can specify as your custom structureÂ are
Iâ€™m sure you get the general idea now
The title of your post will become part of the url for your post. Now you can see the big SEO advantage here can’t you? You are now able to use those keywords as part of your url which increases your chances of being found by the search engines.
5 EASY STEPS TO CHANGE YOUR PERMALINK
- Login to your WordPress administration panel
- Select Options->permalinks from the navigation menu
- On the permalinks page, you will see a list of â€ścommon optionsâ€ť. Select the option you want to go for taking into consideration the tips i have written in this article. I recommend the custom structure.
- Click on “update permalink structure”
- Now you will some code at the bottom of the page. You need to copy and paste this code into the file “called .htaccess and it can be found in your www root folder. Save the file and upload.
Thatâ€™s it your done! How easy was that
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