Permalink set up problem: responsive theme

  • Alain
    Senior Member 222 points
    August 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm


    i have some problem…

    1. I can’t set up the permalink with the post ID (%post_id%)…someone know why ?

    2. How i can remove or change the word “listing” in the permalink ?

    Thank !!

  • Srinivas
    Newbie 13 points
    December 20, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Hi Alain
    Try using a SEO plugin and you should be able to toggle the options you want for permalinks.

  • Richard Bonk
    Richard Bonk
    Super Guru 2,739 points
    December 20, 2013 at 8:29 am

    1) The theme needs permalinks to be set to /%post_name%/ (Post Name) and will not work with any other permalink setup
    2) You can change the slug name (there is an option on the same screen as your permalinks are set), but you can’t remove it as it is required by WP.

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  • tony
    Newbie 50 points
    February 3, 2015 at 1:14 am

    wow really?? the old non-responsive theme created listing without the ‘listing’ – so what do we do now??

  • Janak
    Super Guru 1,283 points
    February 3, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I think you just have to live with it – there may be plugins that could do something but who knows whether they will break things now or in the future. The good news is if you type in the old style url for a listing (without “listing”) in your browser it seems to get redirected to the new url (with “listing”) – at least it does for me.
    Categories were more of a problem for me when moving from Directorypress to the new theme as the old urls were in search engines and resulted in 404’s (not found). I used mod rewrites to redirect some of my old category urls to new ones until search engines re-indexed.

  • tony
    Newbie 50 points
    February 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    can’t live with it.. that’s bad business for a company that’s been around for 10 years.. there must be a solution.. and about the redirecting, not sure what you were seeing but the ‘responsive’ theme is still in test mode so it’s not live.. it won’t redirect like that in ‘live’ if we use this theme.. there HAS to be a solution.. someone??

  • Janak
    Super Guru 1,283 points
    February 4, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Regarding redirecting what I’m seeing is:

    If I type in the browser: instead of getting a 404 error in wordpress it’s redirecting to:

    Bowker Landscapes

    This is the same with all the listings I’ve migrated over. In Google most of the new urls are now indexed but there are still some old urls (without listing) that come up but it still goes to the correct listing due to this redirect – I haven’t set anything up for this – it just works.
    I’ve also tried it on a couple of random sites of other members of this forum and it works there too.

    Categories is different and the changing url was a problem for me hence me setting up redirects for some of the main categories in .htaccess file until everything re-reindexed.

    If you really need to remove the “listing” it looks like a plugin will be the only way.

  • tony
    Newbie 50 points
    February 4, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Janek, how is this possible? does anyone else know if that is possible – the redirects he mentions?

  • Janak
    Super Guru 1,283 points
    February 4, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Tony, don’t know how it works but it does – have you tried it?
    I’ve also tried it on one or 2 sites belonging to forum users in Show Case section of forum and it works on sites in there. Try it yourself and let me know what you see.

  • Aaron
    Super Guru 920 points
    February 5, 2015 at 12:23 am

    The permalinks can be whatever you want – limited to whatever can be used by wordpress.
    Wordpress will generally redirect based on post type name – just give it a try like Janak said.

  • tony
    Newbie 50 points
    February 5, 2015 at 12:47 am

    aaron, i think you missed the point.. my current site, using the classified theme – non-responsive -has the URL of type of the listing.. the new responsive theme has the URL of of the listing. 2 entirely different URL’s – not good. I know i can change the ‘post type’ from ‘listing’ to something else – but i need to get rid of it all together like the old theme so that i don’t lose hundreds of indexed pages in google. so i’m not sure what you mean by ‘just give it a try’??

  • Aaron
    Super Guru 920 points
    February 5, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Wordpress in most cases will redirect the url to the correct one – google will follow the same path.

    i.e: on the new site will redirect to automatically.

    Removing the category base in permalinks in the past was always a bad idea – I really have no idea why this was suggested by some so called seo experts – for an example:

    A good URL hierarchy: / Product / Sony / PS4 / / Product / Sony / will list Sony Products.

    No category base produces: which is a child of / Product / Sony / though google has no idea this post belongs to a specific Brand or Product as do your users.

  • Janak
    Super Guru 1,283 points
    February 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Tony, just to add to what Aaron said your old url’s will remain indexed and redirect to the new. Then over time Google will gradually reindex so your new urls’s are the ones indexed but in the meantime at least your old Google listed pages still link to the correct page via the redirect.

    I was not happy at having to have “listing” inserted into my listing url’s but I didn’t see a choice other than stay on the old theme.

    If you have category pages that are indexed well on Google you should be more concerned with these as they do no not redirect to the new format url so I would advise setting up 301 redirects for any categories with good search engine placings.

  • tony
    Newbie 50 points
    February 5, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    yeah Janak, that didn’t work.. just converted and went ‘live’ last night.. took about 14 hours of 100’s of changes to the database to move from my test site to ‘live’ site.. still trying to figure out some issues but the first link i checked – – this is indexed in google – does NOT redirect to the new link. so frustrated..

  • tony
    Newbie 50 points
    February 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    actually the categories work fine.. in the old template, they directed to /category/category name.. in the new template, i changed the settings to have them created using only /category instead of the default.. and they now all are the same URL.

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