What are WordPress Permalinks and How to Easily Edit them
If you are trying to understand what WordPress permalinks are and how to change them, do not hesitate to read this guide where we tried to explain in to you in the best way.
Editing permalinks in WordPress is definitely one of the first steps you should do once you have gone to create your own personal website or blog. If you still have to do this simple operation, I suggest you read this guide article carefully.
This is because modifying the structure of permalinks will help you to position yourself better on search engines because, if you write the permalinks usually contain the keyword you want to use within the articles and therefore the search engines are able to understand immediately what you are talking about within the content.
Changing WordPress permalinks fortunately is really very simple but be careful because ,changing the permalink structure, is equivalent to modifying all the links of your blog and, if you have a site started for a long time and placed on Google, it is an operation to be done with caution to avoid losing the placements acquired. If your site is new, do not hesitate and immediately choose the best permalink structure for you.
What are WordPress Permalinks?
Permalinks are nothing more than a part of the web address that points to a particular article or web page.
Said so it seems a bit ‘complicated as a thing, but it is not so.
Changing the structure of WordPress permalinks leads to 2 main advantages:
- The site will be better positioned in search engines
- Your readers can immediately understand what the subject is about your content
One thing not so little considering that it takes you really 30 seconds of your time to be able to change the structure of your permalinks in WordPress.
How to Change Permalinks in WordPress
You can change the permalink structure of your website or blog simply by going to the Settings > Permalink section that you find in your WordPress admin panel.
Basically the links to your website will be formed by the name of your domain + an ID assigned automatically by the system. Now, as you can well see also from the image you find above, you have several options:
- Default – https://www.mysite.com/?p=123
- Date and name – https://www.mysite.com/2015/07/06/article of example /
- Month and name – https://www.mysite.com/2015/07/article of example /
- Numeric – https: // www.mysite.com/archives/123
- Article name – https://www.mysite.com/example /
- Personalized structure – https://www.mysite.com/ /% postname% /
Going to use this structure all the web addresses that point to your content (articles and pages) will be automatically changed and will go to use the title that you gave to your content.
As we saw above this will give you a nice advantage at the SEO level.
Ah, if you still do not know much about this subject, I invite you to go and read this other article too: SEO Optimization WordPress.
Now, it must be said that if you have already created different content within your website or blog the problem of the famous 301 error arises.
This is because you have to tell the search engines in some way that your content has changed their web address, otherwise users will see an error and will not be able to properly access your content.
Do not worry, there is a very simple method that allows you to solve this kind of problem.
How to Resolve 301 Error Due To WordPress Permalinks
The best and easiest method that allows you to fix this type of error is to go to install a special free plugin within your website called: Simple 301 Redirects.
You can download it directly by clicking on the name.
If you do not know how to install the plugins, go read this short article: What are Plugins and How to Install .
Once you have it installed and activated, you will find a new entry in “Settings” section on your WordPress admin panel. Leave everything as it is, do not change anything.
The only thing that I advise you to do is to go and verify that your contents have actually changed their web address and that they have been correctly redirected.
WordPress Permalinks: Conclusions
In this article we have explained to you what are the permalink structures that you can choose for your wordpress site. We also told you which one to prefer for the best results. Have you chosen your structure to optimize the permalinks of your site? Which one do you use? Leave a comment in below, and share your experience with us.