I recently lost my website and luckily I had kept a back up of all of my wordpress posts and database files so I could easily import it back once I re-installed WordPress again. But there are a few things that many people do not think about or perhaps even worry about when having to do this. They are so grateful that they have their information back that they don’t think about anything else.
The thing is, when I had my old blog set up, I did not know about the proper way to set up permalinks and how they could help with ranking in Google with your keywords and how it is easier for people to read the permalink and decide if the topic appeals to them or not. The default set on WordPress is to a code like this “?p=750” where the number is generated at random. While this may be excellent to use when posting to places that have a limited space and need a short url listing, it does not benefit the reader or the blog owner hardly at all.
Once you have imported your files from an old system using the default settings, you can not change the permalinks or your posts will not be found. You could install a re-direct plugin and take the time to import all of the old permalinks into it so it will re-route to the new ones but that is both time consuming and over most people’s head technically(I am a technical person and even I find I don’t have the time or patience for it). I am still researching for a better way to go about it all and hope maybe even that someone will come on here and read this post who can shed some light with a better alternative that is easy enough for the common blogger.
In the meantime, I suggest that when you do decide to set up a blog, go in to change your permalinks to a custom structure. If you are not sure how to do it, you can read more thorough information here. It is a long post but definitely worth the read with even some videos thrown in to help you get a better grasp on things.
I have just tried changing the permalinks for this blog post before I posted to see if it will hold this time. I am not sure yet if it will have an effect on the other posts I have imported or written in the past and will not know until I hit the save/publish button. If you find that there are no keywords in the permalink when you read this, that probably means that it did not work and messed up my other ones so I had to revert back to the old default.
If you would like to ask any questions, offer your tips and advice, or need some help, you can leave a comment below or contact me through my contact page and I will get back to you in the next day or two.