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How to get pretty permalinks to show their pages properly

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All of a sudden it seems that only the default permalink option is available when you create a blog through WordPress.org. This is very disconcerting if you don’t know what to do about it, and demoralising when all your efforts through normal channels don’t achieve what you want.

refers to WP.org

This is the scenario: I like to simplify my permalinks to make them easy to remember, write down and satisfy the spiders with the information they crave. I prefer URL/postname and the option in ‘Custom’ field in the ‘Permalinks’ page found at the bottom of ‘Settings’ would be /%postname%/

Up until now this hasn’t been a problem, as WordPress had accepted it without question. But the last two blogs I created frankly refused anything to work except the default option. Anything else resulted in an error message every time I viewed the relevant pages.

So I did the obvious and Googled my problem, and came across this solution. It’s a bit long winded, so I’m giving you the immediate answer here to save you time:

Open up your .htaccess file and post in the following:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L] RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L] </IfModule>

Options +MultiViews

After you’ve saved, confirmed and refreshed, everything will be resolved! Thanks Jaja for working it out and sharing it with us!

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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  • Alice, How long ago did you encounter this problem? I created a new blog within the last few days and I didn’t run into this. It’s good to know there’s a workaround should I encounter it building my next blog but I’m wondering what’s going on here.

    • Alice says:

      Thanks Sherryl, I’ve only encountered this phenomenon with the last two blogs I have built. It might have something to do with the themes, so if you haven’t come across it, just thank yourself for choosing an easy theme.

  • Alice – now I’ll know where to look for WP tips! I admire people who can go “under the hood” and make these changes. I’m not one of them. I’m a content lady and look to others for fixing things like this. Glad to know about your blog.

    • Alice says:

      Thank you Jeannette. Actually I just Google for things I want to find out, and then share the answers on my blog. I think it is important we share answers to problems so others don’t have a hard time trying to solve things.

  • Susan Oakes says:

    Hi Alice, I have passed this onto a couple of friends who would find this useful. Thanks

  • Thank God I’m not setting up another WordPress blog at the moment because I really am not technical. Actually have a feeling that if I try to do what you suggest I would manage to make a mistake:-)

  • I had something similar happen recently. Actually, I wish I had read this article before my most recent post! I had an apostrophe in my title which made the url all funny-looking, and not in a good way! Thanks for this info! I love reading your posts. I can really understand them from my newbie perspective!

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