It took me a while to figure out why her site wouldn’t create propper pretty permalinks. But then I realised that her site is hosted on a windoze server.
I found the answer here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks#Permalinks_without_mod_rewrite
Before even thinking of changing the permelink structure I installed a plugin which is on my own top ten list. Redirection. It is a very powerfull plugin which can “move” your pages and create all sort of 301 and 310’s but it will also work nicely as a set it and forget it plugin.
The reason I install it is to catch any incoming links to Tine’s old pages. When http://blog.fotoco.dk/blog/?p=73 is changed to http://blog.fotoco.dk/blog/title-of-page then http://blog.fotoco.dk/blog/?p=73 will no longer excist. Both readers following the link and google aren’t too happy about that.
This is where Redirection has it’s force. If I check the correct boxes it will automagicly create the redirection for me. Easy, saves time and no need to fiddle with the .htaccess file.
How to install Redirection
Install via WordPress admin og go to Redirection’s own page at WordPress and get the .zip file.
Once installed go to Tools -> Redirection
Go to Redirection -> Options
and check the box “Monitor new posts” in the URL monitoring section (and choose Modified posts if it isn’t already choosen.)
Alright. Back to changing that permalink structure without old pages dying on us.