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Removing the blog permalink

From: Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

Video: Removing the blog permalink

Once you start using WordPress Multisite, you are going to notice that WordPress does some funky things to your Permalinks structure of your posts inside of your WordPress installation. For instance, let's take a look here. This is in the standard Hello World! post that's generated with every new installation of WordPress. If you look up here in the address bar of my browser, you will notice that at the end of my domain name there is a /blog section. Now in most cases this wouldn't be a big deal, but if you're not running a blog, per se, or you want it to say something else like news or something like that, you might want to be able to change that.

Removing the blog permalink

Once you start using WordPress Multisite, you are going to notice that WordPress does some funky things to your Permalinks structure of your posts inside of your WordPress installation. For instance, let's take a look here. This is in the standard Hello World! post that's generated with every new installation of WordPress. If you look up here in the address bar of my browser, you will notice that at the end of my domain name there is a /blog section. Now in most cases this wouldn't be a big deal, but if you're not running a blog, per se, or you want it to say something else like news or something like that, you might want to be able to change that.

The problem with this is you have to do this for each individual site inside of your WordPress network. Therefore, if you have created several different sites, this can be kind of a tedious task. Luckily though, this is a pretty new install and I don't have any sites created yet, so I can simply go in and change the main one and it should reflect across the board. So if I go back into my Network Admin, find the domain, and hit Dashboard, then I can go in and I can choose the Settings and choose Permalinks. Inside of Permalinks I come down here and find where it says blog.

If I wanted to change this to something like news, simply add /news, or I can remove it altogether simply by deleting it out. Once I do that I click Save Changes. After I save my changes, let's go back and view the homepage of my web site. When I go down to the Hello World! post and hover over it I noticed that the link at the bottom shows the blog permalinks has been removed. If I want to test that, I will just open the post. When I open it, you will notice up here in the Address bar that the blog permalink has been removed, leaving me with a more traditional permalink structure.

If you are still not happy with the permalink structure, you can always come back and add your own custom permalink structure here. If you are unsure about how to set up your permalink structure, all you have to do is come right here to where it says "a number of tags are available" and open that link. Once you open that link, it's going to take you to the WordPress Codex and it will explain to you in detail how to use permalinks. It talks about the default "ugly" permalinks that you see here, how to change those to "pretty permalinks" like you see here. And finally, at the very bottom, it talks about how to utilize the custom permalinks structure that you see here.

So if you need a crash course on how to utilize WordPress Permalinks, that's the place to go: codex.wordpress.org. Now let's just go back into my WordPress Dashboard and I'll select My Sites > Network Admin > Sites. Once I return back here, I can go through and I can edit any other individual sites that I have to alter their permalinks structure accordingly. If I don't have any other sites yet, that permalinks structure should permeate throughout any additional sites that I create.

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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

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Justin Seeley
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  1. 47s
    1. Welcome
      47s
  2. 16m 30s
    1. Introducing multisite
      2m 40s
    2. Common use cases for multisite
      6m 24s
    3. Understanding multisite server requirements
      1m 40s
    4. Optimizing your hosting environment
      3m 52s
    5. Using subdomains vs. subdirectories
      1m 54s
  3. 22m 34s
    1. Enabling the Network feature
      2m 26s
    2. Installing your network
      7m 13s
    3. Troubleshooting network configurations
      4m 4s
    4. Disabling your network installation
      2m 44s
    5. Changing your install type
      3m 23s
    6. Removing the blog permalink
      2m 44s
  4. 46m 27s
    1. Getting to know the network admin interface
      2m 40s
    2. Configuring the network
      6m 2s
    3. Creating your first site
      5m 25s
    4. Managing your user database
      8m 14s
    5. Installing and enabling themes
      7m 16s
    6. Enabling themes on a per-site basis
      3m 56s
    7. Defining a site-wide default theme
      3m 12s
    8. Installing and activating plug-ins
      6m 16s
    9. Updating your network installation
      3m 26s
  5. 29m 15s
    1. Setting up user permissions
      3m 31s
    2. Defining the registration process
      3m 8s
    3. Controlling access to sites
      2m 43s
    4. Importing users from another blog
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding user roles
      3m 39s
    6. Changing user roles on signup
      2m 58s
    7. Exploring blog privacy settings
      6m 1s
    8. Enabling features for site administrators
      3m 23s
  6. 38m 22s
    1. Displaying posts from network sites on the home page
      7m 45s
    2. Displaying a list of your networked sites
      4m 9s
    3. Broadcasting news across all sites
      8m 22s
    4. Gathering and using comments network-wide
      5m 13s
    5. Creating and using global tags and categories
      4m 33s
    6. Exploring network plug-ins
      8m 20s
  7. 17m 18s
    1. Introducing domain mapping
      1m 58s
    2. Using parked or add-on domains
      3m 24s
    3. Altering DNS records
      2m 15s
    4. Installing the domain mapping plug-in
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping a domain to a specific site
      2m 58s
    6. Hiding the original domain name
      3m 25s
  8. 33m 28s
    1. Understanding the importance of backing up your web site
      2m 4s
    2. Exploring backup plug-ins
      2m 23s
    3. Installing and configuring BackupBuddy
      8m 29s
    4. Migrating a standalone site into your network
      3m 24s
    5. Migrating an entire network
      7m 41s
    6. Scheduling backups with BackupBuddy
      3m 43s
    7. Remotely storing your backups
      5m 44s
  9. 28s
    1. Final thoughts
      28s

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