WordPress Permalinks Changed 404 Page Not Found Solution

So a lot of people would encounter this problem when they try to change the permalink option to look more like this

  • http://yourwebsite.com/month/day/postname
  • http://yourwebsite.com/month/postname
  • http://yourwebsite.com/postname

But once changed the settings it suddenly turns out to be Page Not Found.

I have encountered this problem lately either, and this is the ultimate solution for it:

Two things, one is to check your .htaccess file, and the other is Apache. First, .htaccess is at your website root folder (something like /var/www or /var/www/xxx.com , or simply go to your provider and ask them where it is) and it’s invisible by default. So you need to type

ls -a

to show the file.

Open the file:

nano .htaccess

Check has the file changed after you changed the settings at WordPress admin panel, if not, that’s the problem.

OK, so now, let’s head to Apache folder. Because it’s for 2 things you haven’t enabled in Apache.

cd /etc/apache2

Because I have installed Apache2.


a2enmod rewrite

Not done yet, this enabled your mod_rewrite module but it’s not enough for a vanilla system.

cd /etc/apache2/sites-available

This is the step to change the AllowOverride option.

nano default

Find the lines, it should look like this:

AllowOverride None

Change them to

AllowOverride All

Then, get back to your WordPress admin panel and change the Permalinks settings again.

Here you go, it’s done, check your posts to see if it worked.

For safety reason, you can now go back to VirtualHost/default file and change them back to None, because the AllowOverride allows Apache to recognize the  .htaccess file and if it’s None, the system would automatically ignore the .htaccess file, if you are worried for further changes could affect the Apache server, I recommend you change them back to None.

And your permalink is set!

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