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Permanents won't work for some reason. I click on the radio button for option 3, and click save, but it reverts back to option 1. What's going on?

(It shouldn't be a FTP problem - it has localhost access to the database, and I can download plugins within Wordpress fine.)

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Wordpress can write .htaccess? Is .htaccess allowed on your web host? – keatch Sep 10 '11 at 13:21
I'm quite sure they are allowed, but when I first got the host setup, there was no .htaccess, and there was no .htaccess created when I installed Wordpress. – JFW Sep 10 '11 at 15:30
Any error from wordpress when setting the permalink? A message giving you a warning that It cannot write the .htaccess? Follow the advice of Chip Bennet below – keatch Sep 10 '11 at 18:29
There's no error at all - it just reverts back to the first radio button, instead of the 3rd that I want. – JFW Sep 10 '11 at 21:49

This is almost assuredly a file/directory permissions issue.

Try manually creating an empty .htaccess file, and giving it *644 permissions. Then see if WordPress can apply rewrite rules.

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