Getting 404 on Posts in WordPress

I recently switched one of my sites over from Joomla to WordPress and, for the most part, everything went well but I did hit a little bit of a problem when all of a my posts suddenly started giving 404 errors.

UPDATE: This article isn’t wrong but it’s not exactly right either. The real solution can be found here.

Unfortunately I’d install a few plugins and messed around with some settings before I noticed the problem so I wasn’t entirely sure where to go looking. A googling turned up a load of pages where people reported the same issue but everyone indicated that the problem was with the .htaccess file and I was fairly sure mine was correct.

I remembered that I’d played with the Permalinks setting so I figured that would be the best place to start. I’d switched away from a Custom Structure to Day and Name as a test since they looked the same but I hadn’t noticed there’s actually subtle difference. The Custom Structure starts with /index.php/ whereas the Day and Name doesn’t as you can see here:

Permalink Settings Word Press

The problem is that the .htaccess rewrite rules that are generated for the two different settings are the same:

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

The first rewrite rule basically says only perform the rewrite if the request starts index.php. That means the Day and Name setting will never produce a valid Permalink. The solution is easy, just use the Custom Structure and start it with /index.php/.

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