How to Customize Permalinks on WordPress

Hi, guys.  Welcome to  Today’s tutorial is about customizing your permalinks.  Now for those of you who have seen our video on permalink settings, you will know that each post you create has a different permalink.  And
you will also know that WordPress automatically creates this permalink for you whenever you publish a post, but you don’t need to have WordPress always automatically do this for you.  You can actually change the way you want your permalink to look.

So this is what today’s video is going to be about, and first, I want to show you how to start this.  So I’m going to come to my Edit Post page,
which is the same post I’ve used in the last video.  And here, you will notice that the current permalink that we have is the one that WordPress automatically creates for us by default.

But what I want is a permalink that’s going to look a little more organized according to my post and a bit more attractive.  So to do this, I want
to either go to “Change Permalinks” or scroll down to where it says “Settings,”and I can go down to “Permalinks” right here. This will bring me to my Permalink Settings page.

And now I have several options to choose from, and what I want to do is I want my permalink to look like this.  It’s going to show the domain
name, the year, the month, the date, and the title of my post.  And once I’ve chosen this, this custom structure will appear in this textbox.
This is not how my permalink is going to look.  This is just the code that’s going to make it look the way that I want, which is right here.

And then finally, what I want to do is save my changes, and now when I go back to that post, you will notice the permalink has changed according to my changes. So here, what I’m highlighting, you will notice we have the domain name and the same thing that I just showed you: the year, the month, the date, and the title of my post.

So it looks a lot nicer, and it’s more organized for myself.  One more thing I will show you is you can always click “Get Shortlink,” and this will
give you the original default URL permalink that WordPress creates for you.  And if you ever want to change this option, you know where to go and you change it accordingly.

And this is how you customize your permalink.  Thank you for watching.

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Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson has been on the Internet since the its dawn(ie his first computer program was recorded on cassette tape) and his first hard drive cost about as much his current MacBook. His first byline was in 1993 for a local newspaper rag he eventually helmed, and his last “real job” was at a computer start up which ended when it ended. Throughout it all he’s freelanced and blogged. Now he is mesmerized by Search Engine Optimization forever trying to “rise to the top” for the right reasons. He’s been married to his wife Julia for as long as he can remember and has two lovely, wonderful children. He looks forward to sharing the latest in the technical best for all the online entrepreneurs.