I’ve been seeing the term “permalinks” ever since I started blogging. I didn’t have a clue as to what they were. Finally while researching about linking between individual posts, I figured out what a permalink is.

Since you’re on my site, in the box at the top of your browser, you’ll see, “http://bloggingwithoutablog.com/what-are-permalinks/” – that is a “permalink”. I see this as the permanent link to this specific post.

Prior to today, I had used the default permalink in WordPress. (I didn’t have a clue as to what to do with that option) After reading several sites, and reviewing their recommendations, I have changed from the “default” to “custom”. In the custom area, I entered /%postname%/ and then saved my changes. That way, when my visitors, or the search engines are on my site, they see my blog name, plus the name of my post, instead of a bunch of symbols and numbers.

That brought up another issue. When you change the permalink configuration, anyone coming to your site will get an error/redirect message if the click on one of your old posts. This problem can be resolved by installing a plugin from www.deanlee.cn called Permalinks Migration Plugin Version 1.0. I followed the instructions and tested it on this blog as well as my other blog, www.observationmountain.com, and it works perfectly.

Finally, I can stop beating my head against the wall, when I see “permalink”.

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