I took over a site that displays the category in the URL three different ways.
For some categories it shows "?category_name=blah". (Not ideal, but I can live with it)
For newly created categories it show the "?cat=####" structure. (I don't want this)
Yet for two categories displayed on the home page, it doesn't even show the word "category". It doesn't even show the category slug...it shows a completely different word. Specifically, the category is "first-column", but the URL shows "sitename.org/latestposts". The page title shows "first-column". The other category is "staff-blog" and the URL shows "staff-blog" as well.
HOW DID THEY DO THIS?
How can I get the new categories to stop show the "?cat=####" format?
I read all the notes about permalinks, and the htaccess file seems to be allowing me to make updates. I can't find any references to changing the category name in the php files. I'm over a week trying to figure this out on and off. The original guys won't respond to my emails, so I'm getting really frustrated. Any help is greatly appreciated!