Published on August 7, 2017 by WPBeginner
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404 errors can pop up from time to time due to how complex WordPress is behind the scenes. These errors can make it seem like your site is completely gone but you don’t have to worry we have helped many users work through removing this error. In this video we will show you how to fix your WordPress posts returning the 404 error.

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Summary of this tutorial:

The first thing we can say when this happens is don’t panic this is something that can happen and is fixable.

The primary step for this will be to log in to your WordPress site and under Settings, Permalinks and pressing the save button again.

If that method did not work, we would recommend using a FTP program to be able to edit your site’s .htaccess file directly.

If you do no know what a FTP program is we would recommend taking a look at our article:

www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-use-ftp-to-upload-files-to-wordpress-for-beginners/

Download your site’s .htaccess file and open it to edit, we will add our recommended code snippet from the written article and save our changes.

With the changes saved you will now reupload the file, overwriting the old file with your changes.

You should now no longer have the 404 errors on your posts.

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Jason Johnson
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Jason Johnson
23 days 1 hour ago

Doesn't apply to NGINX installs which also have this problem… Any solutions?

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Jason Johnson
23 days 1 hour ago

Doesn't apply to NGINX installs which also have this problem… Any solutions?

matteoseo
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matteoseo
1 month 2 days ago

I fixed this by going to Setting>Permalinks and changing my permalink setting from "Custom" to "Post name"

matteoseo
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matteoseo
1 month 2 days ago

I fixed this by going to Setting>Permalinks and changing my permalink setting from "Custom" to "Post name"

hisbeauty4ashes
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hisbeauty4ashes
1 month 6 days ago

Hi I am a Beginner and this seems difficult you tell us to go in and save a copy. Where do we go in and save a copy? Then how we get to the other page and past. It needs to be a bit more simple. My problem is it is only my Blog page that is showing the error. So the first step did not work. Thanks for your time

hisbeauty4ashes
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hisbeauty4ashes
1 month 6 days ago

Okay I figured out why the 404 error came up. Every time I go into reading to change the static to Home and blog the error occurs on my blog page. How do I fix this? Thanks

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1 month 6 days ago
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1 month 6 days ago

We do not specify where to save a copy as there are different locations where people save their files.

hisbeauty4ashes
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hisbeauty4ashes
1 month 6 days ago

Hi I am a Beginner and this seems difficult you tell us to go in and save a copy. Where do we go in and save a copy? Then how we get to the other page and past. It needs to be a bit more simple. My problem is it is only my Blog page that is showing the error. So the first step did not work. Thanks for your time

hisbeauty4ashes
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hisbeauty4ashes
1 month 6 days ago

Okay I figured out why the 404 error came up. Every time I go into reading to change the static to Home and blog the error occurs on my blog page. How do I fix this? Thanks

WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
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1 month 6 days ago
WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
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WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials
1 month 6 days ago

We do not specify where to save a copy as there are different locations where people save their files.

Tones Clip.
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Tones Clip.
1 month 12 days ago

Thanks baby

Tones Clip.
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Tones Clip.
1 month 12 days ago

You made my stress level low. Amazing.

Tones Clip.
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Tones Clip.
1 month 12 days ago

Thanks baby

Tones Clip.
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Tones Clip.
1 month 12 days ago

You made my stress level low. Amazing.

Rusmir Gadžo
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Rusmir Gadžo
1 month 15 days ago

Thank you very much! Spared me a lot of embarrassment. God bless…

Rusmir Gadžo
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Rusmir Gadžo
1 month 15 days ago

Thank you very much! Spared me a lot of embarrassment. God bless…

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