How to Change Your WordPress Permalink Without Breaking Links

how to change wordpress permalink Without Breaking


Well its not late and you should not worry too, as we did this same mistake and now have recovered from it.

Why change your WordPress permalink structure?

Well, many bloggers when they start blogging they make their url fancy to catch attention of the visitors or for some other reason. What they forget is the visitors will find it ridiculously long enough to read or if you have made your url like – /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/, then it will be a disaster for you if your website is not a News or Magazine blog.

Why?, the reason is bloggers content is Evergreen whereas News/Magazine Articles are out-dated once they are passed. Moreover if a visitor lands on one of your content page and find that article interesting and suddenly his eye catches the article is year or two old, He will bounce off your website and that’s for sure.

For a blogger who’s article is evergreen, they are advised to keep their permalinks to – /%postname%/. As it will keep their contents evergreen and won’t bounce off their visitors.

Changing WordPress Permalink Structure

Well changing the permalink of wordpress is much more easy than a child’s play, i mean that even a child can change the permalink structure if he knows how to operate the wordpress.

So changing the wordpress permalink is visiting – ” wp-admin > settings > permalinksPost name both are same.

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Already published your Blog and Changing Permalink breaks your links and losses your backlinks and traffics.

For those who have already published your blog with some different kind of permalink structure and changing your permalink structure generated broken links and you end up losing traffic. Well not any more with just adding a simple line in your .htaccess and redirecting all your traffic and backlinks to your new permalink structure without hitting your highest broken links.

WP Htaccess Editor and install it.

Next visit [  ] or click hereWP Htaccess Editor, Save and Enjoy.

htaccess wordpress permalink structure code


I’ve learned a lot about blogging over the last 2 years. I’ve enjoyed my journey, and I will continue to learn more as I blog over the next 10 years.
I hope you can gain some insights from my experiences and grow your blog at a much quicker pace than I have been able to do.


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10 thoughts on “How to Change Your WordPress Permalink Without Breaking Links”

  1. thanks for the tips, i have a question, i want to change the permalink of a category but i have a lot of posts i it ..

  2. Hello,

    I have changed the permalink structure from a custom structure /%category%/%postname%.php to /%postname%/

    For redirection i used the yoast redirection tool. Posts with child category are not redirecting, also the wp-admin panel is redirecting to 404 page.

    What to do ?

    1. please check you .htaccess file, May be you made a mistake their.

      Also before making such great changes its better to check & test it offline using a local server.

      I hope this helps you.

    1. If your url are indexed by google, they wont change soon, but since you are redirecting them to the new url. Everything will be fine.

      Also install broken url checker wordpress plugin to check if there are any links that are broken. Fix them from the wordpress admin dashboard & everything will be fine.

      I hope this helps.

      Niraj Kashyap

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