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There!I have had my blogsite months. I decided

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Hi There!
I have had my blogsite for 6 months. I decided to change the permalink setting from the default to "pretty permalinks", and chose Post Name. Later I realized this caused me to loose all my Facebook likes on existing blog posts. My site looks like a ghost town.:(( Can anyone help me?
I found this two year old article but it is greek to me:
http://encosia.com/preserving-social-sharing-counters-through-a-url-change/
I would appreciate any insight.:)
This is my site www.ambitiousattire.com
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Programming
Expert:  Jinsmn replied 1 year ago.

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When you restore Permalink structure as before, did you get back the social counts ?

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Jins
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

How do I restore Permalink structure as before?

Expert:  Jinsmn replied 1 year ago.
On Wordpress Dashboard, go to Settings > Permalinks and select Default and Save changes.

Regards
Jins
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Ok yes I got them back. So how do I change to pretty permalinks without losing all my likes on past posts

Expert:  Jinsmn replied 1 year ago.
  1. Record all the old posts’ URLs
  2. Install “Custom Permalinks” plugin - https://wordpress.org/plugins/custom-permalinks/
  3. Change permalink structure
  4. Change the old posts’ permalinks (new permalink structure) back to their URLs (old permalink structure) - so your new posts will follow new permalink structure, and old posts will keep their old permalink structure
  5. Get back the Facebook likes!

This will take a lot of time if you have a lot of posts, but it works.

Regards

Jins

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Ok thank you! I will try this. I work long days until Monday. I will try this on Tuesday, and let you know.:)

Jamie

Expert:  Jinsmn replied 1 year ago.
Okay, take your own time.

Regards
Jins