Readable Permalinks

by Dave on January 31, 2006

in Blogging

I have now converted this site’s permalinks to a human readable format. This was one of those things I had thought would be really hard, so I kept putting it off. However, in WordPress 2 it’s really easy!

Just go to the Options tab and choose the Permalinks subtab. There are a list of common options – I chose the Date and Name based one. Then hit Update Permalink structure and it saves and produces a text box on the screen with some code in it. This needs to be copied into a file called .htaccess which should be in your blog’s root folder. You may have to create this file. Save that, and you are away!

Don’t worry about links to your posts that exist which point to the old numeric style URLs – these still work!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 MJ Ray January 31, 2006 at 12:24 pm

You just did your very own style effect by changing the permalinks of all posts, not just new ones. Thanks.
At least it was only one user ;-)

2 Dave January 31, 2006 at 12:31 pm

No I didn’t! The old URLs still work – just tried clicking the link to this site in your post which used the old numbered systems and it came through fine.

Panic ye not!!

3 David Reynolds January 31, 2006 at 1:27 pm

It might be worth pointing out that you may need to set

AllowOverride (All|None|directive-type)

for the directory so that the .htaccess file works too. (I just had this problem, but am now all up and running),

4 MJ Ray February 1, 2006 at 10:09 am

Oh yes you did (bit late for panto, isn’t it?) – the keys in your RSS feed all changed, so they all looked like new posts.

5 Dave February 1, 2006 at 10:11 am

Oh, I see. Sorry about that. Still, at least it had the effect of exposing everyone to my genius observations for a second time. Maybe, like watching a film more than once, people got to spot things they didn’t notice first time around…

Am I making this worse for myself?

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