How to Make Your WordPress Permalinks Better by@maciejbis

How to Make Your WordPress Permalinks Better

This article provides an overview of the URL update procedure in WordPress, as well as the permalink definition. The guidelines below describe how to use the plugin to replace the URL rewriting system included into the WordPress core.
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Permalink Manager is the ultimate solution for editing your WordPress permalinks without modifying any core files.


A consistent URL structure can make your site more SEO-friendly, allowing you to attract more visitors from search engines. If your hyperlinks are logically structured, your visitors will have an easier time finding their way through your site.


Without a doubt, the permalink structure should be evaluated as part of your SEO strategy. However, WordPress’ capability to modify URLs is clearly limited. In general, you may modify their structure for posts and pages, but not for custom post types and taxonomies.


This article provides an overview of the URL update procedure in WordPress, as well as the permalink definition. You will learn the fundamentals of the Permalink Manager as well as how to use the built-in URL system functionalities. Furthermore, we have given some recommendations at the conclusion that you should keep in mind while creating a new URL structure.

What is the Permalink?

You have surely noticed that your browser displays the URL of every page you visit. Every URL is made up of two elements (https://permalinkmanager.pro) and a path (docs/basics/wordpress-permalinks-guide). The idea behind them is to make it easy for people to share or link to a certain place on the website.


It is important to note that “URL” and “permalink” are not interchangeable terms. In spite of this, not all URLs may be considered permalinks. The word “permalink” is typically used to refer to dynamic URLs used by content management systems like WordPress. In contrast, static URL addresses like as those for images, CSS stylesheets, or JavaScript files do not fulfill this definition.


After we have described the difference between URL and permalink, we will go through the last definition. So, what is a WordPress slug? Here, the answer is straightforward. A slug is nothing more than a part of a permalink. The slug is usually placed at the end of post, page, custom post type, and term (e.g. category) permalinks.


It should be noted, however, that the slug is not always included in WordPress permalinks. For example, the slug is not included in archive page URLs like “https://example.com/2022/02” (which displays all posts published in February 2022).

A structure of example permalink

A structure of example permalink

How to change WordPress permalinks using Permalink Manager?

Perhaps the most well-known issue with WordPress is the lack of ability to customize URL addresses. It is because WordPress provides a few basic URL structure choices. The guidelines below describe how to use the plugin to replace the URL rewriting system included in the WordPress core.


In contrast to inbuilt rewrite functions, Permalink Manager allows you to customize and change WordPress permalink formats in almost any way you want. It was developed to overcome this problem and provide users with greater flexibility in terms of URL customization.


If you do not like what WordPress has to offer, you may use the plugin to rewrite your permalinks structure in minutes. It is worth noting that the plugin works with custom post types and taxonomies created with third-party plugins and custom code snippets. Pods, Custom Post Type UI, Toolset Types, and WooCommerce are just a few of the plugins supported by this plugin.


If you are just beginning started with the plugin, the section that follows should provide you with a general overview of how it works.


How to Change Individual Custom post type Permalinks?

The URI Editor is the plugin’s most essential feature since it allows you to manually adjust each of the rewritten addresses. For additional information on the URI Editor, see the separate article on how to change permalinks one by one by hand.


If your site does not have a big number of pages it may also be a good idea to manually adjust each URL address individually. To use the URI Editor included in the plugin, click the “Permalink Manager” button shown next to the URL address.


URI Editor displayed on single product page.

URI Editor displayed on single product page.


If you are a Gutenberg user, you can locate the URI Editor at the bottom of the sidebar, where you may change permalinks with Permalink Manager


Gutenberg URI Editor

Gutenberg URI Editor


You may both alter them either directly when you modify the text content or quickly review and adjust multiple URLs at once using the Bulk URI Editor.


Bulk edit permalinks

Bulk edit permalinks

The posts and terms in bulk URI editor are grouped by post types and taxonomies.

How to Change Custom Post Type Permalinks in Bulk?

As illustrated below, you may change the permastructures for each post type and taxonomy separately. You have complete control over how they are modified.


Using “Permastructures” editor you can replace original settings with fully customized URL formats individually for each post type and taxonomy. You can remove the permalink bases completely or change them to whatever you like. Here you can find more info on how to change custom permalinks in bulk.


The initial permastructure settings will be same with the original formats.

The initial permastructure settings will be same with the original formats.

How to Change WordPress Permalinks Without a Plugin?

For the record, we should also provide information on where and how to change inbuilt permalink settings. WordPress has a few basic, out-of-the-box permalink structure formats. To adjust them, go to “Settings > Permalinks” in your admin dashboard.


As you can see in the attached image, the settings panel is self-explanatory and straightforward to use. In most circumstances, “Post name” will be the best option to choose from. If you are interested, the WordPress documentation contains further information on this feature.


How to change permalink in WordPress admin dashboard?

How to change permalink in WordPress admin dashboard?

How do I find WordPress Permalinks?

In short, the location of the permalink is determined by the version of WordPress editor you are using. Even if you are absolutely unfamiliar with the WordPress interface, you should have no problem locating it.


For example, in Classic Editor, this field should be available as soon as the editing panel is turned on. The URL will appear just beneath the input area where you may change the title.


How do I find WordPress permalink?

How do I find WordPress permalink?

This may be a little more challenging in the case of Gutenberg, You should be able to review the URL address of your post or page using one of the sections listed in the sidebar.


Where is permalink displayed in Gutenberg editor?

Where is permalink displayed in Gutenberg editor?

How to Create a Permalink?

WordPress’s built-in permalinks are automatically generated from the slugs we mentioned before. As a result, after you have saved the post or term, you do not need to do anything else to get WordPress to create a permalink.


Permalink Manager’s custom permalinks, on the other hand, are handled differently. In general, unless you explicitly exclude a post type or taxonomy in the plugin settings, custom permalinks will be generated automatically.


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