How to Fix Error 404 Page Not Found in WordPress

Have you ever changed the title of your blog post only to realize that the URL needs to change too?  The impact of the URL changing could be huge if you have posted that URL all over your social media accounts including Pinterest groups and Tailwind Tribes. But fear not, that’s where this redirection plug-in for WordPress comes in super handy.  You won’t have to change all those pins and posts, instead you will redirect those old pins and posts to your new URL with the plug-in called Redirection.  This post will show you step-by step how to fix 404 Page Not Found error.

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Let’s Take a Closer Look at How to Fix Error 404

If I want to change the URL and Title of this post, every time someone clicks on one of my pins or posts for the original URL, the visitor will get navigated to 404 error page indicating the page not found.  Of course the page is not found because you changed the URL or Permalink when you changed the title of your post.  This can be detrimental to your blog because you will lose potential visitors and potential customers to a page error AND it makes it look like you are out of business..  Note it can disguise itself and not have the big 404 error on it.  

404 error

So here is a step-by-step guide for

How to Fix Error 404 Page Not Found in WordPress

1.  Download the Redirection Plug-in

Navigate to your Plug-Ins area and search for “Redirection.”Install Redirection Plug In

Once it is installed, click the “Activate” button.

2. Navigate to the Post where you want to change the title and URL (Permalink).

See the Permalink

Before you change the title and URL of your post, grab that URL and paste it to a notepad for now.  I used a different post as an example here.

Paste in Notepad

3. Change the Post Title and URL (Permalink) and publish your post.  

Verify the URL is changed to what you want it to be.  If it isn’t, go ahead and change it to match your post title, just make all words lower case and separated by a dash (-).  Now copy that URL and paste it to your notepad as well.

new URL in notepad

4. Navigate to the Redirection Tool

On the left Menu, go to Tools.  Hover and you will see your Redirection Tool.  Click it.

Redirection in Tools

5.  Add a New Redirection

Click the Add New Button in the Redirection Panel

Add New Redirection

Now from your Notepad, copy your old URL and paste it in the Source URL field.  Paste the new URL in the Target field.  Change the group to Modified Post.  Click Add Redirect.

onfigure New Redirection

6. Test Your Redirect

Back to your Notepad.  Copy the old URL and paste it into your Browser address bar.  The redirection happens in a blip, your visitors will never know the difference.

Successful Redirect


What About Existing 404 Errors?

After about a week of installing your Redirection Plug-in you can go to the report page.  It will list out all the 404s your site is getting like so.

404 Report

Hover on the URL of the one you choose and click “Add Redirect.”

 Click Add Redirect

When you configure the Redirect with the old and new URL, be sure to check to box to delete all the 404s for this URL from your Log.  This will help you make sure your redirect is working.

Configure Redirect

Once your redirect is working you will see 301’s in your log.  That is OK, it is stating that your redirect is a permanent URL change.

 log with 301

Note that you may get 404s for test pages if you change the name of the post before you publish.  You can simply delete those from the log.  Once you publish, they should stop happening.

I hope this help you to clean up any 404’s that you may be getting.  I had a bunch in my old blog (that doesn’t exist anymore).  Don’t be overwhelmed if you have a bunch.  Just work on a few of them everyday and before you know it, they will be all cleaned up.

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