Thursday, July 26, 2012

Custom Permalinks Let You Create New Posts, And Publish Different URLs

We've been asking for the ability to have post URLs that differ from the post titles, for some time. Up to now, we had a workaround, to do this.
  • Publish a post, with a title worded to give the desired URL.
  • Edit the previously published post, and change the title.
That was a clumsy procedure - and it had side effects.

Now, you simply use the New GUI Post Editor, and publish a new post. In the "Post Settings" menu for a new post, under "Permalink", select "Custom URL", and enter the customizable portion of the URL. Note the restrictions, for Custom Permalinks.
  • You can only customise the post title portion of the URL.
  • You can only customise the permalink, for a new post.

This post was published as
blogging.nitecruzr.net/2012/07/custom-permalinks-let-you-create-new.html
If I had used the "Permalink" option before publishing, I could have entered
new-blogger-gui-gives-us-custom
and published
blogging.nitecruzr.net/2012/07/new-blogger-gui-gives-us-custom.html

In Blogger Buzz: Customize your posts with permalinks, we are specifically instructed
The bolded area is the portion of the URL that is customizable.
In this example, "new-blogger-gui-gives-us-custom" is the customizable portion of the post URL.

If I want to change the URL of an existing post, I would use the "Custom Redirects" option, in "Search preferences", under "Settings".

Plan ahead and use Custom Permalinks - or don't plan ahead, and use Custom Redirects. It's your choice.

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1 comment:

Rajesh Narayanan said...

This is definitely a welcome feature.