Change Permalink of WordPress Without Loosing Previous Backlinks With 301 Redirect

If you are running a CMS site or blog on WordPress and wants to change the permalink structure i.e. the URL of posts then you can think about losing previous backlinks which your site is already having. Because once the permalink structure will change to a new structure, old structure may show 404 pages. If you want to change the permalink structure to a new value and want to redirect old URL to the new one, then you can do it using a simple plugin.

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Why Should You Change Permalink?

WordPress is more than 90% search engine optimized and there is no doubt about it, then why should you change the default permalink structure or make some changes in later stage of blogging? Answer is very simple, if you want to make your site’s URL easier for people then you should change the structure to some readable format. If you keep the default strucrue, it shows post-d with a question mark at end which is not easier for people to remember or not good for search engines as well. That’s why you choose to change it by adding post-title, category, post-id, year, month in the permalink. But what if that change happened after couple of months of blogging? Then in that case, if you go ahead and change the structure, you will loose the backlinks of your previous URLs. That’s why you should install such plugin to keep old link juices with your site only.

Dean’s Permalinks Migration is a plugin of wordpress to redirect old permalink structure to the new one and in this case your site will not loose PageRank as well. As we all know that 301 redirects are considered as permanent redirect and in that case search engine treats the new page as the same as the old page. So for search engines, nothing changed and you will keep receiving the same amount of traffic to the new address as well.

Installation of this permalink migration plugin is similar to the other plugin and this plugin is also available on WordPress SVN directory. ere is the link to this plugin,

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/permalinks-migration-plugin-for-wordpress/

Once you will install this plugin, you can see a new tab as “PermalinksMigration” under settings tab. Go to the new tab and there you can provide the old permalink structure which you want to redirect. Limitation of this plugin is that it can redirect only one format of permalink i.e. it has only one box to provide the old permalink structure. If you plan to change the permalink again for your site, in that case you will have to think about some other option.

Screenshot of PermalinksMigration plugin,

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Share your favorite permalink structure which you uses or recommend others to use for their website. Or if you are facing issues related to the permalink structure of your site, post your queries in this section.

Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.

11 Comments

  1. Rohit Sane

    April 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Deans plugin appears to be very useful. I think this is possible with HTACCESS also!

  2. brynh

    April 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Great tips Dean! I must bookmark it so if needed in future to change permalinks, this will be very helpful…

  3. Yasser

    April 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Hello there, how you doing?
    Today i change Permalink of my WordPress, i downloaded the plugin. But before i use it i just wanted to see what would happened if i change it before i activate the plugin, so i change it from “Default” to ” /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/ ”
    and guess what?
    Nothing happened. it just redirect it alone with no need for any plugin, any way i just wanted to thank you for you post and wanted to share this with you.

  4. Julie Cheung

    April 25, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I thought the pages would 301 redirect automatically! Thanks for the tip!

  5. car freak

    April 28, 2010 at 6:45 am

    i ll try to use this plugin as soon as possible,

  6. Larry Wilcox

    May 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    My proofreader kicked in when I saw this post and because the error is in the title I decided to let you know that the proper spelling is losing, not loosing.

  7. WordPress Guy

    July 15, 2010 at 11:46 am

    WordPress handles redirects automatically.

    Also, it will even remember changes to the post URLs and redirect old URLs to the current one.

    No plugin needed.

  8. D.S.Vidyasagar

    January 2, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    The experience of Yasser (above) must have some type of confusion I suppose.
    I have exercised the same activity many times on my blog, but every time I change the permalinks, it redirected to 404Error.

    Then how could you say that the pages would 301 redirect automatically….?
    It is altogether impossible…

  9. D.S.Vidyasagar

    January 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I have exercised the same activity many times on my blog, but every time I change the permalinks, it redirected to 404Error.

    Then how could you say that the pages would 301 redirect automatically….?
    It is altogether impossible…

    Eventually I had to use the said plugin for my WP blog…

    Thanks to author for such good plugin…

  10. Paul

    January 6, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Ditto, I get a “page not found” after I change my permalinks. Maybe it has something to do with the theme?

  11. D.S.Vidyasagar

    January 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Presto….!

    Now the things are quite rolling…
    I used the plugin ‘Dean’s Permalinks Migration’ downloaded from solve permalink problem

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