I've got problems getting pretty permalinks to work.

When changing the permalinks (e.g. to month/name), my .htaccess (in the wordpress directory - there is another one one level up) is changed like this:

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
AddHandler x-mapp-php5 .php

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /wordpress/
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /wordpress/index.php [L]

# END WordPress

But I still get 404s when trying to access an existing page.

My blog is in the /wordpress/ subdirectory, not sure if that may be a problem. The URLs are both set to http://<my domain>/wordpress which is where my wordpress files are located.

Any ideas what I can do, where I can see the results of the rewrite or anything else that would help me to track down the problem?

Thanks in advance!

  • Is the .htaccess in the same directory as WordPress? And what are the two URLs you have set in Options - General (WordPress address & Site address)? Mar 18, 2011 at 23:20
  • I've added the information you requested. Hope it helps in tracking down the issue!
    – IronGoofy
    Mar 19, 2011 at 7:48

2 Answers 2


Save your existing .htaccess file by renaming it to backup.htaccess & then re-save your permalinks which will create a new .htaccess file. That solves issues most of the time.

  • This didn't change anything. (And I wouldn't know why it should as long as wordpress was able to write the .htaccess file.)
    – IronGoofy
    Mar 19, 2011 at 10:09
  • @IronGoofy Does the default permalinks work? Also you shouldn't be using a plugin which has issues with WP 3.1, take a look here - wordpress.org/support/topic/…
    – Ashfame
    Mar 19, 2011 at 10:33
  • Thanks for the suggestion with the plugins, that helped me to try out some more things which finally lead to the solution of my problem (see my own answer).
    – IronGoofy
    Mar 19, 2011 at 19:21
  • @IronGoofy you can mark your answer as the accepted answer, add any details that you feel might help someone who comes looking for the same problem.
    – Ashfame
    Mar 19, 2011 at 20:42
  • Will do, but I have to wait until tomorrow before I can accept my own answer.
    – IronGoofy
    Mar 19, 2011 at 22:32

I've finally managed to track down the cause of the problem .. it was a Plugin that seems to have issues (Top Level Categories). I've looked into their documentation, but there is no indication that I would run into that problem. Hmmmm ...

At least it's working now!

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