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Nifty permalinks

The default URI of a blog post in WordPress ends like this “/?p=#” which is neither aesthetic nor liked by the search engine bots. So WordPress gives you an option, rather a bunch of options to sex up the URI to look like any web page either in the virtual folder format showing the name of the post/page with a trailing slash, or with any kind of suffix of your choice viz: .html, .php etc. This function is achieved by employing the “mod-rewrite” module (URL rewriting engine) of Apache web server. You can find details about this functionality at this Codex page. if you have any difficulty in following the instructions given on that page, please post a comment. I will try to elucidate further.

In this web site, I have chosen .html suffix for the blog posts. But that doesn’t work with “Pages”. But there is help around for extending this mod to pages also. Introsites has developed a plugin which does the job neatly. With that plugin in action, when you choose .html suffix as permalink, it applies to both posts and pages.

You can get the plugin from this web page.

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