Do you need to regenerate or flush your WordPress permalinks?
If you are not able to view your website content, then neither can your visitors. Broken links and 404 errors can damage the user experience, and your position in SEO rankings.
In this article, we will show you how to fix these dead URLs by regenerating your permalinks in WordPress. We will also talk about what causes this error, and how to spot broken links, before your visitors do.
Often, regenerating your permalinks can be a quick and easy fix for those issues. Let’s take a look at how to do that.
When you regenerate your links, you’re rebuilding and repairing the WordPress permalink structure. This may sound complicated, but don’t worry. You simply need to click on a button, and WordPress will handle the rest.
To get started, head over to Settings » Permalinks from your WordPress admin menu.
This will take you to the WordPress Permalinks Settings page. Here, you’ll see the permalink structure that you’re currently using.
To regenerate your permalinks, just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the ‘Save Changes’ button.
After a few moments, you should see a message confirming that WordPress has updated your permalink structure.
That’s it! WordPress has now regenerated your permalinks.
To make sure it worked, head over to your site and try clicking on a few different links.
If this doesn’t fix the problem, then think about what happened right before you started seeing these 404 messages. If you’d just installed or updated a plugin, then this might have affected your links. You can try disabling this plugin, to see whether this removes the 404 error.
If deactivating all of your plugins solves the problem, then you’ll know that at least one plugin is affecting your URLs. In this case, reactivate each plugin individually and then test how this impacts your links.
With so much at stake, you’ll want to know about any dead links as soon as possible.