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Summary

Setup PermaLinks

Walkthrough

  • What we're going to do now is set up Permalinks
  • First of all we best explain what we mean by Permalinks
  • Well if your on your home page, yourwebsite.com, in our case www.selfassemblysites.com
  • Click the About Page link to go to the About Page
  • Now look at the address bar of your browser. In our example it says www.selfassemblysites.com/?page_id=2
  • The section after the ".com/", is the Permalink, so in this case the About page permalink is "?page_id=2"
  • As default the Permalink is set to the page ID, which is 2 as you can see
  • But this looks messy and unprofessional for visitors to you site, and Google read and index your site better when it is the page title
  • So, we'd prefer to have "/about" for the About Page on our site
  • Go into the WordPress Dashboard for your site, go to Settings and then Permalinks
  • In the Permalinks Settings page, click the last box of the Custom Settings beside Custom Structure
  • In the box beside it type in "%postname%", (without the inverted comma quote marks of course!)
  • Click the big blue Save Changes button below
  • That should have automatically updated the Permalink structure
  • Now go back to your home page
  • Click the About button, and look at the address bar for the page's Url
  • it should end with "/about". So ours reads, www.selfassemblysites.com/about
  • Now your Permalinks look more professional and Google can read it more easily

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