What are permalinks?
Permalinks are how your website URL looks in the top address bar. It’s that simple. Unfortunately the default permalink for a WordPress website is not good. Well it’s not that bad but it is not highly Search Engine Optimized. For example if you left your permalinks at the default setting they would look something like this www.wordpress-websitebuilder/ p=142 but after changing the permalink settings to show the postname in the URL then it would look like this www.wordpress-websitebuilder/make-wordpress-permalinks-into-search-engine-friendly urls
As you can see, now the search engines can register that there are words in the url and match this with the title of the page, and the keywords in the actual post.
How to customize your WordPress permalinks and make SEO URL’s?
- Sign into your WordPress website dashboard.
- Click on the Settings link in the left menu.
- Choose permalinks from the menu.
- Click on the custom option.
- Type in /%postname%/
- Press SAVE.
You can choose to use the date, year, or any other combination that you prefer.
Watch the video below for more information.
Now there are many options for Permalink settings and I am just going to list a few examples. You will only need to use custom permalinks like the ones below if you are moving a website into WordPress. If you are building a new WordPress website then I would simply use /%postname%/ for my Permalink.
Permalink and URL Result
/%postname%/ (This is the one I use)
/%category%/%postname.html (Adds .html to the end of the url)
/%postname%.htm (Adds .htm to the end of the url)