How to beautify your WordPress URL

I’ve found a way to beautify our WordPress URL from this:

or even this:

to this:


  1. Make your URL more visitor friendly and more ‘natural looking’.
  2. Search engine optimized.

What do you need?

  1. A WordPress plugin, Permalink Redirect WordPress Plugin by
  2. Make sure your .htaccess on your root directory is writable.


  1. Download the php or zip file from
  2. Upload `ylsy_permalink_redirect.php` to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory.
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  4. Select Option>Permalink and change your present permalink to custom: /%postname%.html
  5. Save and select Permalink Redirect to manage your new URL.
  6. Put your old permalink structure e.g. mine was /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/
  7. If you have Feedburner, put the link inside also.
  8. Tick ‘Hostname Redirect’. It will make sure that your old permalink do not show “Error Page 404” to your visitors.
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About drizad

A self employed General Practitioner who lives with his lovely family in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He dedicates his spare time serving people with precious information on climbing the Majestic Mountain of the Borneo, Mt Kinabalu. Reachable at drizad(at)

5 thoughts on “How to beautify your WordPress URL

  1. drizad Post author

    Oh, try to go to Options>Permalink from your Admin interface. you should see the “Customize Permalink Structure”.

    Change from the existing permalink (i.e. by default it’s numbers for your link) to “Custom, specify below”.

    Put /%postname%.html

    Is it working?

    You still need to download the “Permalink Redirect” plugin (not widget), and activate it. Otherwise, your old link will end up on 404 page.

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    Good day from Italy! May i quote a post within your blog with the link to you? I’ve tried contacting you regarding this problem however it seems i cant reach you, please reply when get a time, thanks.

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