How To Change URLs In WordPress

Changing screen options in WordPress and making the writing area bigger are just a few changes that can be made with WordPress.

Another setting that can be adjusted is the default permalink (URL) structure and the name of your post in the URL.

To change the default Permalink structure

Go to Dashboard, Settings, Permalinks

Permalink settings, How to change permalink settings in WordPress

In the Common Settings there are 6 options.

The default is the first which will display your Permalink as something like this: http://www.mytimeasmom.com/?p=123  which is not very pretty and doesn’t give the reader any idea of what to expect from the post.

The other options besides default for the Permalink structure are day and name, month and name, numeric, post name and custom structure.

Common Permalink Settings, How to change permalink settings in WordPress

Decide which Permalink structure you want and Save Changes.

Once the default permalink settings are set in WordPress the next step is to edit the individual post URL each time you write a new post.

Edit URL for post titles in WordPress

In WordPress when you enter the name of the new post WordPress will automatically enter the post title in the URL..Default Permalink Setting in WordPress, How to change permalink and URL settings in WordPress

The problem with this is that sometimes the name of the post is too long or not accurate enough for the URL. You want your URLs to be short, sweet, and to the point for what your post is about.

To edit the post title in the URL for an individual WordPress post, click “Edit” and type what you want the URL to display with spaces between the words. WordPress will automatically enter dashes between words and all words will appear as lowercase.

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Once you are done editing the URL post title press “OK.”

That’s it.

Now your URLs will be pretty and friendly for both SEO and users.

Note, only in WordPress.org can you change the default permalink settings. The second part of this post about editing URLs for individual posts in WordPress applies to both WordPress.org and WordPress.com. The 6 permalink settings are for WordPress Version 3.3, earlier versions of WordPress have 5 settings. 

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34 Responses to How To Change URLs In WordPress

  1. Galit Breen
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    Love your teach me posts!

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    As always, you are helpful WordPress Princess.
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    You’re so helpful with all of your internet knowledge.
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  4. Jessica
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    Im pinning this so when I make the move to WP next month, Ill remember how to do this. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! :)
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  5. Maureen | Tatter Scoops
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    Awesome tips! I changed mine to not using the dates awhile back but this post is very helpful. Off to stumble you :D
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  6. Nichole
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    I love that I’m learning new things from you every week.
    Great post, Jessica!
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  7. angela says:

    I will be on WordPress by the end of the year, so things like this are so helpful! Thanks Jessica!

  8. Jessica says:

    This is such a helpful post! I’m bookmarking it now for future reference. Thanks so much!
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    If I ever move to wordpress, don’t you dare move somewhere else ;)
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  10. Julie says:

    It’s like having my own little WP guru who throws in a martini here and there between tech lessons. ;)
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  11. Tonya says:

    Awesome info, as always! Thanks, Jessica.
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  12. One word. LOVE!

    Thanks!
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  13. Oh thank you for explaining that. I’m too afraid to mess with all that myself.
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  14. My Inner Chick
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    —Jessica,
    Is this what you do for a living?

    You are SO smart. :)))
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  15. Grumpy Grateful Mom
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    I would like to officially enroll in “My Tim As Mom” college. Your WordPress posts are so helpful! Hope you keep writing them!
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  16. MamaTrack
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    These are so helpful–thanks for sharing all your tips!
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  17. Kelly
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    Thank you oh, wise one.

    I am always learning from you. Thanks! :)
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