Hi all, I noticed that below the title on the edit post page there is an option to change the permalink, which seems to do the same thing as the slug, so why is there a slug option on the screen options?
The blog I need help with is bobdavcav.wordpress.com.
Volunteers in the forum didn’t design it, so we don’t really know. Staff would know.
The permalink structure cannot be changed, only the “slug” – that end section of the URL related to the post or page title – can be changed.
Hmm raincoaster, I’ll have to ask them about it when I get an email back on an unrelated issue. TSP, I realize this. What I was asking is in the visibility section under the title is a link that says permalink, giving the url and then an edit link, which essentially does the same thing as the slug.
It’s not a link that says permalink, but you know what I mean I think.
The Permalink is the format of the Slug.
You can only change part of the link here – the very end that matches to the title of your Post.
Yeah, there are some confusing inconsistencies in the user interface and labeling that is for sure. The “links” widget will still show up with “blogroll” as the title because that is the default category for links, but there is not a “blogroll” widget, it is a “links” widget, which has confused people in the past.
WordPress is trying to distance themselves from the “blog” label Delete blog is now delete site and at settings general instead of blog title it is now labeled site title.
I expect tagline will be replaced by the label site description at some point too.
Ugh. I can just see it. Soon you will have to sign up with Facebook Connect or something, too.
@raincoaster, why do you say that? It’s not the labeling I’m concerned about though. Below the title, it says permalink, and it gives the permalink with a link to edit it. From what I’ve read, this does the same thing as the slug, so what is the point of having a show slug option in screen options when essentially this is already done? @thesacredpath, why are they doing this? Is it because of the page functionality?
Could thesacredpath and raincoaster please answer the questions I asked them yesterday?
The slug is only part of the Permalink
In an earlier post thesacredpath wrote “WordPress is trying to distance themselves from the “blog” label Delete blog is now delete site and at settings general instead of blog title it is now labeled site title.
I expect tagline will be replaced by the label site description at some point too.” I asked why he expected this and why they have been doing this, is it because of the page functionality? In the post before mine, raincoaster wrote, “Ugh. I can just see it. Soon you will have to sign up with Facebook Connect or something, too.” I asked him why he says that too and have heard nothing from either of them.
I’m also curious to know the answer to the slug question, especially as I have seen some forum posts with people having problems after changing the slug on a post.
They look (permalink edit and slug) to do the exact same thing to me, but it doesn’t make sense to have the dual functionality on the same page, so I’m thinking there must be some difference. But, I’m really afraid to mess around with either option too much because I can’t seem to find a solid answer as to WHAT the full repercussions of using either method to change the slug would be.
@bobdavcav, sorry for not responding. WordPress is far more than blogging software and wordpress is actively trying to get that point across. It is an incredibly efficient and easy to use CMS (content management system), but there is a perception that it is “just” blogging software. In my opinion, that is the reason you are seeing this shift away from typical blog specific labels. It isn’t only pages though, it is the category structure which can be used to separate and organize tons of information. WordPress right now offers the best of both worlds. It is the best and most flexible blogging software out there, and it is also a top-notch CMS software as well.
The slug thing is sort of a leftover. It wasn’t that long ago that there was not the permalink editing stuff under the post/page title in the editor. Here at wordpress.COM, I almost think that they should not use the “permalink” label for it since you cannot edit the entire permalink, only the end portion that is the post or page title. It does make for some confusion. As with blog-specific labels for title and tagline, I expect that the “slug” label will eventually go away. I think part of the reason both are still around is to allow a window where people can get used to the new label.
All the above though is just my opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. :-)
@spriteyone, yes the permalink edit and the slug do exactly the same thing. Generally changing a slug should not be an issue unless what you change it to conflicts with another permalink. Example.
This is the permalink for a yearly archive:
Let’s say you have a page where you made predictions about 2011 titled “my predictions for 2011.” The standard permalink would be blogname.wordpress.com/my-predictions-for-2011/ . Now let’s say you decided to shorten the slug to just 2011.
This would be the permalink for your page with the changed slug: blogname.wordpress.com/2011/
Note that the page permalink and the 2011 archive permalink are both the same?
This is where people run into problems because the wordpress software then does not know what to give you and by default just serves up the 2011 archive. This is something that wordpress needs to work on and figure out a way to keep it from being an issue. (I should note though that I have not tried this lately, so perhaps they have put something in place to stop it.)
especially as I have seen some forum posts with people having problems after changing the slug on a post.
The one thing you do not want to do is change that permalink after you have published your post or page. You can change it a thousand times (figuratively speaking) before you hit the Publish button, but if it is done afterwards, you risk search engine confusion, 404 errors and warps in the time/space continuum.
The Post Slug module to me is entirely redundant, especially since the “pretty Permalink” structure is the default on WordPress.com, and I also expect it will eventually go away. I don’t have it enabled in either the Post or Page Editors.
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