What will we be learning?
We will be learning how to properly use Permalinks and why they may be important for our WordPress website. I’ll talk a little about what each of the permalinks options are, when you may want to use each one, and why.
Why are Permalinks important? How can I benefit from Permalinks?
Permalinks are a great way to organize your website, as well as to improve SEO (Search Engine Optimization). By providing contextual descriptions of each of your blog posts, Permlinks will provide you with a more descriptive understanding for your readers and for google’s search engines.
So this is just an extension of our previous video if you are using our course. We will be talking about all the other settings in the previous video. But now in this one, we are just going to be talking about the permalinks.
And the reason why I kind of extended is because, I think that permalinks are very important to talk about just because of kind of what they involve and the importance of it. And I don’t think most people kind of think about what, you know what it is.
And so permalinks, I guess you can describe it as we will go on to our actual website, right. Permalinks, there is, it’s just how the website domain is displayed. And so there is many different options. In this option you will see that, it’s the year, the month, the day and then the actual name, right.
The other option which is actually the default option, in my opinion a very bad option for you to have, is, it will show the website name as, or the post name as your website slash and then the post number. And this is good only because. Oh this is good only if it’s for your own personal value.
You don’t really care about any SEO benefit. And I will talk more about search engine optimization in the future, but you can imagine how will Google ever know what’s your website or what’s your post is about if all that is shown is that, p= 123. Your post number is 123.
It’s not going to show you very much. It’s not going to tell Google very much. Likewise, this day and name, it’s not very clean. It’s not very nice looking. Why would you necessarily want to know that much information there?
If you had to share this, and for example, it was. This was your main video page, wpforalltv.com/2014/7/5/videos. People wouldn’t be able to remember that. So it’s not very beneficial for that as well. Same with the month and the name. The numeric is the exact same thing as the default, just in a slightly different format.
So in my opinion it should always be in this format. The permalink should only be in the post name format simply because it’s the easiest way to remember things. It’s the only one that kind of makes sense and it’s the only one that only provides the information that you need without providing too much.
These are a little bit too much information, the day and name, month and name. And the default and numeric show you too little information or not relevant information. So the post name is the most important one.
And you can just save those changes. And so, hopefully you guys can see this up here. This was the original one. It shows the day and the name and the year before the actual website. So that’s one thing to remember is that on all the posts that you make, you should change the permalink beforehand.
So once we refresh this, that page is no longer to be found, right. The page is no longer to be found because we changed the permalinks. We changed the whole structure of the domain name. and so that’s going to be very bad because if you change the permalinks later, all you posts are going to be had to be edited.
If you ever had links to something, to another page or something like that, all those links will have to be change. That’s why we are showing you this in the very beginning. You change the permalinks from the get-go.
One of the first things that we should do is changing the permalinks. So that you don’t come to this 404 error in the future if you ever linked to something. If we remove the date, because that’s what our settings said, it will just the post name.
We should in fact be able to see the website. We should be able to see it in theory. We will see if it actually shows up. So ya we see that the airplane deals 22014 post that we, that I will show you how to make in the future is actually right here.
So this was the demo. I just wanted to kind of describe what the importance of these permalinks are and why you really need to change them in the very very beginning. It should be one of the first things you change, not only for, preventing excess hassle in the future, but also because this is the best format for search engine optimization purposes.