WordPress Permalinks Explained

WordPress Permalinks Explained

Permalinks are an essential aspect of any WordPress website. They determine the structure and URL format of your web pages and posts, making them crucial for search engine optimization (SEO) and user-friendly navigation.

In this tutorial, we’ll explore what permalinks are, why they matter, and how you can customize them to suit your website’s needs.

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What Are Permalinks?

Permalinks, short for permanent links, are the URLs that point to your individual posts, pages, and other content on your WordPress site.

The permalink structure is related to how the URL is displayed in the internet browser.

For example, you can see that the permalink is set up so the title of the post will be displayed after the domain name.

The reason for this is because the title of a page or post clearly indicates the context.

1 Example of URL structure WordPress Permalinks

The Importance of Permalinks

It’s important to have user-friendly URLs and descriptive permalinks help visitors understand the content they’ll find on a particular page just by looking at the URL

Permalinks also have SEO Benefits. Search engines analyze permalinks to understand the context and relevance of your content. Well-structured permalinks can improve your site’s visibility in search engine results pages (SERPs).

Permalinks are crucial when it comes to sharing your content on social media platforms, via email, or on other websites. A concise and meaningful URL is more likely to be clicked and shared.

Permalink settings

To manage the permalink settings, you need to go to the Settings option in the WordPress dashboard and select Permalinks in the dropdown menu.

2 WordPress navigate to Permalinks Settings

By default, WordPress usually generates a plain permalink using a structure that includes question marks and numbers, which isn’t user-friendly or SEO-friendly.

An example of a default permalink looks like this: yourdomain.com/?P=123 

After you have installed WordPress you need to change this setting to Post name.
Now the post name will be displayed in the URL after the domain name.

In this case it says sample-post but this will be replaced by the main title of the pages and posts. In other tutorial I already have explained everything you need to know about creating pages and posts in WordPress.

3 WordPress Permalinks title posts settings

Don’t forget to click on Save Changes to save all the settings.

4 save permalink settings in WordPress

Remember that permalinks play a crucial role in how your WordPress website is accessed and understood by users and search engines.

Always make sure to check the permalink settings for your WordPress website after you have installed it.

Check out the tutorial on YouTube over here.

In this tutorial I’ll walk you through all the basic settings after a new wordpress installation. 

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