What is a permalink?
A permalink is a unique link (or URL) to any page on your website. The word is made up of two words: permanent and link. When you publish a new page or blog post, a new permalink will be generated automatically. You can also customize permalinks.
Examples of permalinks
Using this blog as an example, here are two permalinks:
Permalink to this site’s home page:
Permalink to our How to Start a Blog page:
How to find a permalink
To find the permalink to any page on your website, visit the page and look at your browser’s address bar. It will show the entire permalink.
How do I use permalinks?
There are many different situations where you would need to use permalinks. Here are some of them:
- Linking to your blog posts on social media
- Interlink your blog posts together
- Providing someone with direct access to one of your pages
Basically, any situation where you would need to copy a link to your blog and paste it somewhere else.
How to change default WordPress permalinks
If you’re using WordPress, by default, your permalinks may look like this: https://www.aspiringbloggers.com/2020/01/02/blog-post-title. It may be good if you’re running a news-related site, but other than that, the date makes the permalink unnecessarily longer.
To change the structure of your permalinks, go to Settings > Permalinks. We recommend choosing the Post name as the structure for your permalinks. They look cleaner + most blogs out there use this structure.
How to create a permalink
On most blogging platforms, you don’t actually need to create permalinks. They’re automatically generated when you publish a new web page or blog post.
How to edit a permalink
To edit a permalink for a blog post or page on WordPress, click on the post title and then click the Edit button.
If you’re still using the classic WordPress editor, simply click on the Edit button next to the existing permalink which is located underneath the post title.