Flushing Permalinks



Permalinks are the permanent URLs assigned to pages and posts on your site. These are mostly editable by admins and editors of the site. For example, when you create a page, you have the option to edit the path that this page sits at within the larger domain: https://yoursite.wiscweb.wisc.edu/youcanchangethispart/.

Flushing WordPress permalinks is a process that updates a website’s URL structure. Sometimes, old versions get cached and need to be manually refreshed in order for links on your site to work as expected. Note: this does not happen often but it can happen to any of your sites.

Possible Causes:

  • Development-related update to a custom post type (Fac/Staff, Documents List, Publications, etc.)
  • Changing the Permalink structure site-wide (in your advanced settings)

Warning Signs that Permalinks May Need to be Flushed:

  • “Page Not Found” errors even though you know the page exists
  • Faculty/Staff names are not bringing you to the bio page view when you click on the link.
  • Documents link list items are not opening the document
  • Publications list links are not working

How to Fix: