How to update Permalinks in WordPress

One of the most common solutions to WordPress when we make a change of theme or we install a plugin that add a custom post type is to update the permalinks. If you are new in WordPress it can be hard to understand. But do not worry; we will see how to do it step by step.

This is a basic tutorial for WordPress. You may find interesting to read these other tutorials and articles to get started using WordPress or see our tools and resources section.

Updating permalinks… What is that?

A permalink is the only WordPress url assigned to each article, page or content of your website or blog. It should look something like this: or mywebsite/ name-of-article.

If on your blog, articles are displayed as the first example, it would be advisable to update the permalinks selecting a friendlier structure to search engines (and incidentally improve your SEO and ranking in Google). You can read all the information to improve this point in this article on permalinks.

Well, to update permalinks you have to be within the administration panel of your WordPress. Once inside, go to the Settings section located on the left sidebar. Once there, you will find the option “permalinks”.

Once inside you will see a screen like this. If you only want to update the permalinks, simply click on the button located at the bottom “Save changes” without touching anything else.

If you want to improve the structure and see all the options available, you can take a look at this article.

Explanation and common causes. Notes of SiloCreativo

Permalinks serve to define a unique structure to your articles. Many times when we install a plugin or a WordPress template we need to update it. The reason is the use of custom post type.

An example of this is our WordPress theme: Adriana. . Adriana uses various types of custom post type (one for cakes, one for the team, one for services…) And WordPress needs to correctly assign the url to these new post type. Therefore, once permalinks are updated all work correctly.

The sign to accomplish this task of updating is the 404 error page that will be showed when we try to access the URL of an article that is part of a post-type and it is not able to associate the content to the url that we have introduced. Just in case it happens again you could design a good page of 404 as these examples. But with this simple step it would be solved easily. If the problem persists it is necessary to find other solutions.

Note: To make sure that everything is ok, after updating the permalinks you need to disable any cache plugin that demonstrates an old version of the web to which we are accessing, as well as to clean the browser cache to not show us versions saved of the web.

I hope you have served!

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