WordPress Wednesday: How to Setup SEO Friendly Permalinks

Time for another WordPress Wednesday! Weekly tips for new and established self-hosted WordPress users, designed to help you get the most out of your site from Sarah, a WordPress website developer.


The default post urls when you first create a WordPress site are pretty ugly. Luckily there’s a really quick and easy fix for that! Instead of having a url that looks like this: http://www.bonjourblogger.com/?p=123 which looks pretty weird and, crucially, gives the reader no clue what the post is about, you can instead change your permalinks to be more SEO friendly.

Switching to named permalinks gives people a better idea of what your post is about and is also beneficial when it comes to your search rankings, so it’s worth doing!

All you have to do is navigate to Settings > Permalinks in the side menu and click “day and month” or “month and name”. Voila!

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WordPress is a clever cookie, so don’t worry about any links you have in previous posts or pages, it will automatically display them as usual, just with the new SEO friendly URL instead :)

Short and sweet this week – if you have any questions about WordPress leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them! :)

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