What Are Permalinks In WordPress And How To Set Them Correctly?

Here is the answer to What are Permalinks in WordPress?; in simple words, permalinks are web addresses that can be easily understood by humans or search engines. The online address of every post, product, or content is permanent; hence, it’s referred to as permalinks.

It includes your domain name, then URL comes after the domain name; it might include the date, post Id, product id, etc. So, for example, the blog you’re currently reading has below Permalink.

  • https://www.accuwebhosting.com/blog/what-are-permalinks-in-wordpress-and-how-to-set-them-correctly/

Permalinks are the foremost part of your Website for visitors and search engines. You can set different types of permalinks. The Permalink you decide on influences visitors and search engines worth your site.


Now, let’s discuss why permalinks are important in WordPress? 

Visitors can identify the peace of code of your WordPress site through the Permalink. Let’s say,

  • If you want to share your site’s content, you share the Permalink. 
  • Likewise, if any search engine wants to index your content, they use the Permalink. 
  • If you share the post/content on social media, you share the Permalink.

Issues with WordPress Permalink.

The great issue with the WordPress Permalink is the default permalink setting that WordPress comes with pre-installed, which is not optimizable.

To check it, navigate WordPress Dashboard -> Settings -> Permalinks.

The default permalink structure is http://www.yourdomain.com/?p=123, ?p=123 can be the post’s id, product, etc., in the database.

Why may it cause the issue?

The main reason is such a permalink structure cannot be optimizable, either for humans or search engines.

Let’s discuss it briefly. 

This blog provides information about the WordPress Permalinks. Let’s say below is the Permalink of this blog.

: http://accuwebhosting.com/blog/What-are-permalinks-in-wordpress/ 

This gives anyone a hint of what content is. But if your WordPress is using the below permalink structure. No one can identify that what content is.  

: http://accuwebhosting.com/blog/?p=45


How to set Permalink in WordPress? 

Fortunately, it is very simple to set the Permalinks in WordPress. 

This blog has guided us on setting up the right Permalink structure and fine-tuning individual permalinks of all the posts and web pages.

1: How to set Permalink structure in WordPress? 

  • Simple Permalink structure.

Navigate to WordPress Dashboard -> Settings -> Permalinks.

You can select the URL structure (post name) shown in the above screen capture. This structure only contains the post name that you can control easily.

It is better to avoid such a structure containing date-time, etc. Because the older date looks like outdated information, it can prevent visitors from visiting your site/page. 

Once you select your Permalink structure (“post name”), click on the “Save Changes” button.


  • Custom Permalink Structure.

As an alternative best way is to set up a custom Permalink structure, such Permalink ends with extensions like .php or .html. 

If you want to feature extensions like .html or .php within the post’s or content’s URL to make the web content, simply Crowle by the search engine to make it SEO friendly.

We will do the above using the Custom Structure to make it possible. 

Navigate to WordPress Dashboard -> Settings -> Permalinks. 

Select the Custom Structure, click on the “Save Changes” button. Next, install the “Add Any Extension to Pages” plugin. 

WordPress Dashboard -> Plugins -> Add New: search the plugin “Add Any Extension to Pages” and click on the install button. Once it is installed, click on the “Active” button. 

Next, Navigate to  Settings -> Add Any Extension to Pages: Here, enter the extension you want to set and click on the “Update Settings” button. 

Now go to the WordPress Dashboard -> Settings -> Permalinks: Here, click on the “Save Changes” button without making any changes in other settings.


2: How to Setup Individual Permalinks for Each post/web page? 

Once you set up the proper permalinks for your site, you can set up the individual Permalinks for your web pages. 

You can do the same from each post’s edit screen. At the top of the editing screen, you can see the tag named “Permalink,” click on the edit button and set the URL.

To make URL SEO friendly, it is better to use the post’s full title or simplified words. Also, It is not recommended to change the URL if the post is published. 

Suppose you make changes in the Permalink of the live post. Later on, your visitors may get in trouble finding the post or page. 

Conclusion: In WordPress, it is pretty much easy to set up visitors and SEO-friendly Permalinks. Better Permalinks can increase the rank in Search Engine. Setting up proper Permalink is one of the Important parts while launching the Website.

 

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