WordPress is an awesome tool to manage a podcast, a blog, or I’ve even used it as a comprehensive CMS (Content Management Solution) However some of the small little details often go unnoticed when your trying to make the content speak for itself.
Permalinks are the
Lucky for you you can change the way WordPress manages its’ permalink structure. Unluckily for you if your blog is several years old like this one was, then as soon as you modify the structure to something more like this
Enter Dean’s Permalink Migration Plugin. This is the easiest way to change your permalinks that not only is Human friendly, but much more friendly to the Search Engines. Design what type of link works best for you. WordPress Permalink SEO is a fine art and deserves some thought before you just drop any old information in there.
The only problem with Dean’s plugin is that the instructions don’t give a very good step by step. I have been asked on numerous occasions to provide that information for friends so I thought I would share the wealth. This worked on wordpress 2.1 – my current setup on wordpress 2.5 with podpress 8.8 and the episodes are still intact, and available.
- Leave Old permalink structure intact on WP blog
- Upload, activate and set plug-in to match old permalink structure.
- Then and only then change your PL structure to the new and improved.
My show went from /archives/%post_id% to /%category%/%postname%-%post_id%/ in plain English the URL for this episode would have looked like this, https://www.caffination.com/archives/641, on the old schema. And with the new deal it looks like this.
All is right with the world now. Be careful with where you put your /’s Originally i messed this up and my blog was out of commission for a good 4 or 5 hours before i figured out what went wrong. My original setting was /archives/%post_id%/ instead of /archives/%post_id% makes a world of difference. Not the lack of the trailing /
Details people, DetailsÃ¢â‚¬¦