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Changing the Publish Date without Changing URL... Possible?

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  1. umerjutt00

    umerjutt00 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I want to change the publish date of my wordpress site page but the problem is that it will also change the permalink too because I am using the %year%/%month%/post-title format...

    Is there any way to change the publish date while keeping the same old url?
     
  2. jhakasseo

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    you can change it in edit url option. You can see it under title of your page just edit it.
     
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    Also, WP will automatically 301 the old post url to the new one, so you're not at a complete loss if the url changes.
     
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    Well that's not the case here... After changing the publish date the url was changed like this:

    www.site.com/2013/06/title-goes-here

    to

    www.site.com/2013/12/title-goes-here

    The old one started giving 404 not found error...
     
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    If you have wordpress SEO plug in installed you can simply redirect it from old to new url.
     
  7. umerjutt00

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    The last time I checked that.. it was before the latest wp update.. I have updated the wp last night.. Let me check..
     
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    You can try using 'change shortlinks' option under post title. If that doesn't work, try using redirection plugin for redirect it to new link.
     
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    After you change date and save the post, go back to edit post and edit slug. You will see the post url abover the title field, there is an Edit button. Click that, manually edit url, save and the update post. The url should change but the post date not.
     
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    A nice little plugin if you want total control over your permalinks "Custom Permalinks" (search repository). Really useful.
     
  11. Scorpion Ghost

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    I was just reading about this the other day.

    There is a thing where you don't "Change" the publish date, but you just "Update" the date. And then the search engine will display the updated date on the serps.

    There was a code on the site i was reading about it, but i can't remember the site now. Sorry.

    I just wanted to let you know about that so you can look into it. Instead of changing the publication date, just update the date with some sort of code or maybe there's a plugin or something, and then it will display the new updated date on the serps and i assume in the post body too.

    Good luck.
     
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    Why aren't you using short pretty permalinks?
    Have you found an advantage to naming posts using date?
     
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    Settings->Options->Permalinks->Costum Permalinks ->/%postname%/ -> Save!!!
    Above has to change every single permalink in your site. Use at your own risk!

    P.S I do this every time I create new site/project. I have never changed permalinks after adding content.
     
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    Hey man do you remember the name of that plugin?? it would be really helpful if something like this exists.
     
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    I tried looking it up for you. Here are a few articles that may - or may not - help.

    http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/display-the-last-updated-date-of-your-posts-in-wordpress/
    http://codecanyon.net/item/always-up-to-date-wordpress-posts-and-articles/5334939
    http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/7-wordpress-time-and-date-plugins-to-keep-your-site-ticking/


    NOTE: I am NOT in any way affiliated with any of the websites or products found in any of those links. I looked it up purely to help you out, hope i do...
     
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    Thanks for your help man. My problem has been solved.. I have no words on how I should thank you. :D
     
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    Update: So my problem was solved. What you should have to do is to go to your single post.php or which ever file has the php code which shows the publish date.. Remove that part which shows the publish date and replace it with:

    Last Updated: <?php the_modified_time('F j, Y'); ?>

    All credit goes to: http://willrees.com/2013/06/show-the-latest-update-time-and-date-for-a-wordpress-page-or-post/

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    Scorpion Ghost for pointing me in the right direction.

    I will keep this thread opened just in case if some one has a similar problem like me and still need further help.
     
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    Good find. I know the theory that Google will see this as new or refreshed content, but I'm not sure if that means much. Can anyone think of a way of testing?
     
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