Avoid Broken Links When You Change the Title of a Blog Post – WordPress

If you change the title of a blog post (after it’s published) by only changing the title block, the link to it will be broken wherever anyone has linked to it. There is an easy way to avoid this in WordPress.

  1. Sign into the back-end of your blog and find the published post you want to change.
  2. Make desired change to the text in the title block. Copy all of this text.
  3. Look just under the title of your post. You’ll see “Permalink: http://yourblogdomain/title-of-your-post/”
  4. Click the Edit button to the right of your blog URL.
  5. Delete the ENTIRE blog title, and paste the new one. If you don’t delete all the text before pasting the new title, this will not work. (If you type the new text instead of copy/paste, do not type the hyphens that WordPress added between each word.
  6. Click OK.

WordPress will redirect the old link to the new one. That’s it.

Check Broken Links Within Your Blog

On another note, you can monitor your blog for broken links using the Broken Link Checker plugin. Once it’s activated, it’ll check your blog on a regular schedule that you set and email you with the results. You’ll be able to view, edit, unlink, or otherwise change the links.

PEACE.

 

4 thoughts on “Avoid Broken Links When You Change the Title of a Blog Post – WordPress

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for the information, it is just what I was looking for. I tried it and thought I was following your instructions — my old link is broken, however.

    I changed the title in title box. I then erased the URL permalink.  I then typed with hyphens the new title. This did not work. Old link broken.

    So, I tried erasing the URL and leaving it blank to reformat itself when I actualized the changes I had made in the title box. No go.

    Any idea what I am doing wrong? I have several dud titles I need to spruce up and this would help me a lot.

    Thanks for your time,

    Jenifer

    1. Hi Jenifer, I rewrote the instructions. Don’t type the hyphens in between words…better yet, copy the updated post title and paste it. Let me know what happens.

  2. Thanks for the
    information, however, I am always careful about blog post title…and
    haven’t changed any since I started blogging. Can you tell me
    something about “permalinks” structure?

     

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