If you already have an established WordPress blog or website with lots of incoming links, you probably don’t want to change your current permalink structure!
You may already know how to customize your WordPress blog or website’s permalinks so they look better. If you need a quick reminder:
-Click “Settings” on the left side of your WordPress Dashboard
-Click “Permalinks” from the drop-down menu that appears
-Choose the “Custom Structure” radio button
-You’re free to use any custom permalink structure that you want, but the most popular choice is:
While that will take care of many of your permalink issues, what if you’re in the following situation:
You’ve decided to use WordPress to create your own version of an article directory. For this project, you want to structure your directory by using Pages instead of Posts. For your top level of navigation, you’re creating Article, Picture and Review categories. Within your Review category, you have a Web Hosting Reviews category. For your first review within this sub-category, you decide to write about how much you like SEO Hosting. While your review is great, there is one thing you don’t like about it: its permalink. Although you’re using a “Custom Structure” for your permalink, because your review is a beneath a sub-category and category, it’s permalink looks like this:
Not only is that long, but there’s no need for it to contain the word review(s) three times. And while you can edit the “seo-hosting-review” portion of the permalink, by default WordPress won’t allow you to edit the “/reviews/web-hosting-reviews/” portion.
The question is how do you create a simpler permalink while maintaining the structure of your directory?
As with a large percentage of WordPress issues, there’s a plugin to help you. Custom Permalinks gives you full control over your blog or website’s permalinks.
To use this simple but powerful plugin, download it from the WordPress directory. Once it’s downloaded, unzip the file and upload the unzipped folder to the WP-Content Plugins directory on your server.
Once the plugin is uploaded, log into your WordPress Dashboard and activate it as you would any other WordPress plugin.
In our example, after the plugin is activated, you would go back to your SEO Hosting review. Instead of seeing:
and only being able to edit the “seo-hosting-reviews” section of the URL, you will see the following:
Thanks to the Custom Permalinks plugin, you’ll be able to publish your great review with a descriptive but simple URL: