Woodie Knows WordPress – What the heck are permalinks?

Woodie knows WordPress - Carrie Spencer Smart Ass RomanceSometimes when you’re bored, you go wandering through the dashboard of your WordPress site, and you come across something called Permalinks.

Most people generally shudder and move on, not understanding what permalinks can do for you.

Let Woodie explain.

Permalinks are the permanent URL to your post. Like www.cnn.com is their permanent URL, and www.smartass.com is MY URL. However, each individual blog post also has it’s own URL, generally quite a bit longer. I mean like waaaaaaaaaay longer. Longer than a woodchucks front teeth!

Your general default permalink is what we in the industry call “ugly”. It’s a technical term. Honest. What this means is your blog post will be www.smartassromance.com/?p=13

See, I told ya. Ugly.

So, let’s pretty it up some. Kind of like Extreme Makeover. Like I did with that hopelessly emo donkey here, by putting a contrasting yellow flower (delish!) behind her too-long ears.

If it’s important that your date be displayed in your link, such as you are a newspaper or magazine, go with this type of structure.
/%month%/%day%/%year%/
this displays the month/day/year of your post ie:
www.smartassromance.com/december/25/2011

If you want to display your category and post name (which is what I do)
go with this instead
/%category%/%postname%/
now you’ll get this
www.smartassromance.com/family-jewels/turquoise-wrap-bracelet

oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

see how much prettier and more descriptive that is? much better than post 15!

Now these are just the basics to modifying your permalinks. There’s tons more ways to change it, including adding in the time or the author.

Now go forth, and impress the world with your Permalink Knowledge young grasshopper!

=)

Woodie the Woodchuck
Wordpress Expert Extraordinaire

6 Responses to “Woodie Knows WordPress – What the heck are permalinks?”

  • Hi Carrie,
    What advantages are there to having detailed permalinks as opposed to generic one?

  • The advantages are the ease of use for your readers (why did I bookmark this page again???) and the benefits from search engines finding your page. Even just a link to your page from someone else’s site (www.mysite.com/lets-talk-about-asparagus-and-grubs) is pretty helpful!

  • Carrie, this is so helpful. I thought I understood what permalinks were but didn’t understand WHY I needed to understand them. LOL.

    Really appreciate your expertise. 🙂

    Oh, and I’m still having problems with the feedburner/email thing but am going to tackle the problem this weekend. If I haven’t figured it out by Monday, would you mind walking me through it?

  • Linda Burke:

    Where are permalinks found? Is it available on dot com or just on dot org?

    I have dot com and don’t see it listed.

    • Permalinks are on WP.org….the .com version already has a permalink system in effect that’s the same across the board for all of their users.

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