WordPress Development Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for WordPress developers and administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a WordPress and everything seems perfectly fine but I have this page that has title 77% and it shows error 404 page. How can I fix this? I am kind of sure it is because of the % in the 77%. The permalink uses the 77 but for some reason wordpress still doesn't like that % in the title. What can I do to fix this while keeping the % there?

share|improve this question
your problem is not the '%', could you show us the code you are using? – andresmijares25 Nov 15 '11 at 16:50
what do you mean the code i am using? i said i am using wordpress so i don't get what code you want – grant tailor Nov 15 '11 at 16:56
My bad, normally we discuss coding issues in here, so that was my first guess, not from the back-end point of view – andresmijares25 Nov 15 '11 at 17:13
up vote 2 down vote accepted

There is nothing you can do, the % symbol is not a neutral character and whatever 2 characters immediatly follow it are used to represent a character. This is called percent encoding.


For example, to encode a % you would use %25.

Thus the answer is:

No, it is not possible to fix this while keeping the % there, because URLs are percent encoded.

Should by some stroke of luck you manage to get it working, I would recommend still avoiding it due to the misuse of the % symbol

share|improve this answer
so take the % symbol off? You are really sure no way around this at all? – grant tailor Nov 15 '11 at 17:10
also remember i told you that the permalink itself is using 77 just the title uses 77%...so with that permalink..why won't it still work? And is it because of that % that i get the error 404 page? – grant tailor Nov 15 '11 at 17:11
basically, take the '%' of the link, you can keep it in the title itself but remove it from the link structure... – andresmijares25 Nov 15 '11 at 17:12
so is there or is there not a % character in the URL? – Tom J Nowell Nov 15 '11 at 17:12
can you provide me with an example URL? – Tom J Nowell Nov 15 '11 at 17:13

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.