WordPress Custom Links Error Fix-How to Fix The Permalink Error

wordpress permalink web.config issue fix 
Windows servers mostly create issues with WordPress. One of the most annoying bug is the error in custom permalink structures. WordPress default links don't give you the good SEO, so they are needed to be customized. Apart from this, if you have migrated your blog from Blogger to WordPress, then you need the same permalink structure as your Blogger links there on WordPress to maintain the traffic and SEO of your blog. But when you switch to custom permalinks, it causes errors sometimes and the errors are mostly caused with the windows servers. This is so, because WordPress was designed for Linux operating system originally. The better option to avoid such bugs is that you should switch to Linux hosting. Still if you love your windows hosting and don't want to leave it, here is a simple solution. Follow the below steps to configure your WordPress blog. This methods works in 99 cases out of 100. Run a custom installation of WordPress on your hosting. If you use the inbuilt installation of applications, and install the WordPress through it, then it causes errors. If you don't know, how to install WordPress manually, follow the below steps. You should have the access to your control panel and file manager to do this. If you already know the installation procedure, then skip this step and scroll down.


How to Install Manually on a Windows Server


How to Set Custom Permalinks

Permalink structure updated. Remove write access on web.config file now!
Permalink structure updated. Update web.config file now!
To fix this and enable the custom permalink structure. edit web.config file or create it, if it isn't present in the WordPress installation root directory. To edit this, go to your control panel again and navigate to the directory where you have installed WordPress. Look for web.config file, if you find it, then open it to edit and replace its code with the below provided code. If you don't find any web.config file in the directory, simply create a web.config file. To create a web.config file, open notepad, paste the below code in it, click on 'Save", save as type all files and name it web.config. Then upload this file to the root directory of your WordPress installation. You are all done! Here is the code.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
                <rule name="WordPress Rule 1" stopProcessing="true">
                    <match url="^index\.php$" ignoreCase="false" />
                    <action type="None" />
                <rule name="WordPress Rule 2" stopProcessing="true">
                    <match url="^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?files/(.+)" ignoreCase="false" />
                    <action type="Rewrite" url="wp-includes/ms-files.php?file={R:2}" appendQueryString="false" />
                <rule name="WordPress Rule 3" stopProcessing="true">
                    <match url="^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?wp-admin$" ignoreCase="false" />
                    <action type="Redirect" url="{R:1}wp-admin/" redirectType="Permanent" />
                <rule name="WordPress Rule 4" stopProcessing="true">
                    <match url="^" ignoreCase="false" />
                    <conditions logicalGrouping="MatchAny">
                        <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsFile" ignoreCase="false" />
                        <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsDirectory" ignoreCase="false" />
                    <action type="None" />
                <rule name="WordPress Rule 5" stopProcessing="true">
                    <match url="^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(wp-(content|admin|includes).*)" ignoreCase="false" />
                    <action type="Rewrite" url="{R:2}" />
                <rule name="WordPress Rule 6" stopProcessing="true">
                    <match url="^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(.*\.php)$" ignoreCase="false" />
                    <action type="Rewrite" url="{R:2}" />
                <rule name="WordPress Rule 7" stopProcessing="true">
                    <match url="." ignoreCase="false" />
                    <action type="Rewrite" url="index.php" />

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