Permalink Issues Fixed! Permalink Redirect WordPress Plugin to the Rescue

25 Nov

About a year ago I committed a rookie mistake, I changed my permalink structure for a website that had hundreds of posts. I thought it was the best thing at the time, as our initial permalink structure was not the best for our content. Initially I thought search engines would eventually index the correct pages, but that never happened, and multiple 404 errors flooded my page logs. I scowered the Internet with hopes that someone would have an answer to my problem and was told by someone at Google that my best bet was to request removal of those pages and to re-index the correct URLs.

Luckily for me I didn’t have to resort to that. Scotty Yang’s Playground’s Permalink Redirect WordPress Plugin proved to be just the fix I needed to redirect my old posts to the correct url.

Installation was simple. I downloaded the zip file and installed it like you would normally install any plugin.

Installation

  1. Download the plugin file, and unzip the file.
  2. Upload “ylsy_permalink_redirect.php” to your WordPress’ wp-content/plugins directory.
  3. Activate the “Permalinks Redirect” plugin in your WordPress admin page.
permalink redirect plugin

I downloaded the zip file from the plugin website.

 

I grabbed my previous permalink structure from the Dashboard > Permalinks menu.

I grabbed my previous permalink structure from the Dashboard > Permalinks menu.

 

I pasted the link into the Old Permalink Structures box and pressed "Save"

I pasted the link into the Old Permalink Structures box and pressed “Save”

 

old permalink

To test the plugin, I typed in an old url

 

The final result!!!

The final result!!!

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