What triggers dead permalinks in WordPress?
Permalinks on your site may not work for a variety of reasons.
New plugin installed. New plugins you install may be interfering with your .htaccess file.
Restore backup or migrate WordPress. You have recently restored a backup or switched your site to a new domain or server.
renew. Incompatibility issues after updating plugins, themes or WordPress core.
Changes in .htaccess file. Incorrectly updating or changing your .htaccess file.
How to Fix Broken Permalinks in WordPress?
Here are a few ways on how to fix broken permalinks in WordPress.
- Reset permalink structure
The easiest way to deal with this is to reset the permalink structure:
Navigate to your WordPress admin. Go to Settings > Permalinks.
Select another permalink structure -> Save Changes. For example, if you are currently using the date and name settings. Change it to something else like Post name.
When done, change it back to your standard structure and click Save Changes again.
If you still get the “404 Page Not Found” error, let’s try the other remaining methods.
The purpose of the above method is to trigger the rewrite rule generation of WordPress.
- Disable plugins
Disable recently installed or updated plugins that may trigger the error. Otherwise, you can also completely remove all installed plugins:
- Go to the Plugins menu -> Installed Plugins in the WordPress Dashboard.
- Click the Deactivate button next to the plugin name.
- Once done, reset the permalink structure using the previous method.
- Replace the .htaccess file
If none of these options resolve your broken permalink issue, the issue may be related to the configuration of your .htaccess file. Therefore, you should replace your current .htaccess file with the default one.
- Navigate to Pagoda Panel -> File.
- Select the website domain name you want to manage, and then enter the WordPress installation directory.
- Locate the .htaccess file in the root folder.
- Right-click and select Rename. Then, change the filename (eg .htaccess-error).
There are many reasons why you might experience broken permalinks in WordPress. The bad news is that your website will be inaccessible and will display a “404 Page Not Found” error.
Fortunately, you can handle this easily with three simple methods:
Reset Permalink Structure – Configure your built-in permalink settings on the WordPress dashboard.
Disable Plugins – Disable installed plugins with a few clicks.
Replace .htaccess file or Nginx configuration file – replace .htaccess file from file management or using FTP client.
We hope this step-by-step tutorial will help you fix broken permalinks on your WordPress site.