Why you might need to manually edit a permalink

Not everyone blogs in English.  I myself sometimes come across problems when writing posts in German, that English-language bloggers don’t have to cope with.  One of them concerns special characters not appearing in the Permalink.

Here is an example.  If I write in German “Warum Sie die Permalinks ändern möchten”, this permalink will be


But this is not correct German, and it is therefore questionable whether search engines that understand German will evaluate it properly.  I have this problem with the letters ä, ö, ü, Ä, Ö, Ü and ß.

The answer is to manually edit the permalink when I write a post.

To do this, I first have to save the draft post so that the permalink is automatically created.  Then I click on “Edit” (shown here in German WordPress as “Bearbeiten”):

Editing the permalink

Now I can manually change the permalink.  In my case, I need to write ä as ae and ö as oe.

Click on OK

The permalink is now set to


which is correct German.

But this trick may also be useful for English-language bloggers.  It allows you to set the permalink text to be anything, rather than being based on the title of the post.

You might want to use this if the title is a good title for your readers, but not very efficient in conveying the meaning of the post to the search engines.

About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a blogger from Germany. He has written code for WordPress themes since 2006 and been creating websites since 1994.
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