Already I have shared a how to guide on changing default WordPress permalink structure but didn’t tell you that you can also change permalink structure without losing traffic.
Step1: Log-in into wp-admin panel (by typing URL mentioned below). Go to plugins and click on “Add New Plugin” as shown below:
http://domainname.com/wp-admin (replace domainname with your domain name)
Step2: Now install Deans Permalink Plugin and activate it (download link available after end of post). This plugin will generate a 301 redirect or you can call it permanent redirection when bots will crawl your posts.
Step3: After installing plugin from dashboard, go to “settings” and click on “PermalinksMigration” as shown below:
Step4: When you click on “PermalinkMigration“, it open a new window. Now type your old permalink structure and click on “Update option” as shown below:
Step5: Congratulations, you have successfully changed the permalink structure without losing traffic.
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Download Link to Dean Permalink Plugin