How to Create Easy-to-Understand WordPress Permalinks

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

“Pretty permalinks” (yes, that’s what they’re called!) are links on your WordPress blog that are more pleasing to the eye than standard links and, ultimately, more pleasing to search-engine spiders. These permalinks are constructed so that they’re easy to understand and look something like this:

http://yourdomain.com/2014/02/02/pretty-permalinks/

Break down that URL and you see

  • Your domain name

  • The date when the post was made, in year/month/day format

  • The topic of the post

To create a pretty permalink structure in WordPress,

  1. Click Permalinks in the Settings menu.

    The Permalink Settings page opens.

    On this page, you find several options for creating permalinks:

    • Default (ugly permalinks): WordPress assigns an ID number to each blog post and creates the URL in this format: http://yourdomain.com/?p=100.

    • Day and Name (pretty permalinks): For each post, WordPress generates a permalink URL that includes the year, month, day, and post slug/title: http://yourdomain.com/2014/02/02/sample-post/.

    • Month and Name (also pretty permalinks): For each post, WordPress generates a permalink URL that includes the year, month, and post slug/title: http://yourdomain.com/2014/02/sample-post/.

    • Numeric (not so pretty): WordPress assigns a numerical value to the permalink. The URL is created in this format: http://yourdomain.com/archives/123.

    • Post Name (preferred): WordPress takes the title of your post or page and generates the permalink URL from those words. For example, the name of the page that contains a bibliography of books can simply be called Books; therefore, with this permalink structure, WordPress creates the permalink URL: http://lisasabin-wilson.com/books.

      Likewise, a post titled WordPress is Awesome gets a permalink URL like this: http://lisasabin-wilson.com/wordpress-is-awesome.

    • Custom Structure: WordPress creates permalinks in the format you choose. You can create a custom permalink structure by using tags or variables.

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  2. Select the Post name radio button

  3. Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

    Your permalink is so pretty!