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Customers who purchased Permalink Manager Pro via this website and have a valid license key are the only ones eligible for plugin updates and technical support. Even if your Permalink Manager license expires, you will still be able to access all of its functions. All custom permalinks and redirects will continue to work as usual, and all settings will be retained.

It is not possible to purchase Permalink Manager Pro under a subscription model, thus the license keys are not automatically renewed. Therefore, you will not be charged for anything else after your license expires. However, unless you purchase a "lifetime" license or renew your key for another year, you will no longer be able to access customer support and access the plugin files.

You have the option of extending your key at any time, both before and after it expires. Please enter your license key on the "License info" page to find out how long it is valid.

Can I use a single domain license key for both the production and staging websites?

Yes, the same “single domain” license key may be used for both the staging and production websites at the same time. Also, the same “single domain” license can be used across all domains in a WordPress multi-site (network) setup. If you have a “multi-domain” license, you can use the same license across all of your websites without any restrictions.

Please keep in mind that the update server logs are inspected on a regular basis, and access to plugin updates may be restricted for users who try to misuse the license key.

If you are presently using the free version of the plugin and need to upgrade to the Pro version for whatever reason, the procedure is fairly simple. Please install the plugin by following the steps that have been provided here, and then deactivate the Permalink Manager Lite plugin. It is not necessary to keep both plugins enabled.

The procedure is absolutely risk-free, and none of your data, including any custom permalinks or settings, will be lost at any point throughout the migration process.

In general, the plugin can only be used to update existing permalinks, which you may change to almost whatever you want with few limitations. In the first place, given that all custom permalinks are stored statically in an array, you cannot define multiple canonical permalinks for the same page/term. This is primarily intended to decrease server resource consumption and processing time.

For the same reason, when a URL is opened and Permalink Manager parses it to determine which page it belongs to, the plugin ignores the $_GET variables (query parameters). As a result, you may not use the Permalink Manager plugin to rewrite the query parameters. To put it another way, it is not possible to format URLs with query parameters in order to convert them into pretty permalinks.

Standard custom permalink format:
https://shop.com/clothes/shirts/wool/blue

In custom permalinks, query parameters are not allowed:
https://shop.com/clothes/shirts?filter_material=wool&filter_color=blue

Additionally, given the same reason, it is impossible to do the opposite of what has been explained above. That is, it is not possible to construct a custom permalink format using Permastructures that include query parameters in the URL. Because of this, all non-alphanumeric characters, like question marks and ampersands, will be automatically removed from the custom permalink's (canonical URLs).

Query parameters in slugs

Please keep in mind that if you used Permalink Manager to save custom permalinks that are different from the original ones, they will not be used anymore after the plugin is removed from your site. This is due to the fact that Permalink Manager overwrites the WordPress core's permalink detecting functionality.

The inbuilt permalink system depends on rewrite rules, which are based on "regular expressions" that determine what content type should be loaded when a URL fits one of a set of permalink patterns. Contrary to this, Permalink Manager keeps all custom permalinks in an array so that they may be identified one by one, rather than using the patterns defined with original rewrite rules.

Yes, you may do so at any moment by visiting the "License info" page. If your license key is still valid, the initial amount you paid will be deducted from the cost of the upgrade.

When the Permalink Manager was first designed, it was supposed to be used for a typical WordPress website, which usually has less than a few thousand subpages. As a result, all custom permalinks are saved in a single row in the database in order to avoid slowing down the pageload with multiple SQL queries to the database. This is the most effective approach for small and medium-sized websites, without affecting site speed.

While this data structure works for the vast majority of WordPress sites, it may not be optimal if you want to use the plugin to rewrite tens of thousands of permalinks. What works well for a smaller website may not scale well for a megasite. When the number of addresses on your site exceeds tens of thousands, the custom permalinks array may become quite huge, and any operations on it can have an effect on pageload time.

To summarize, the plugin is suitable for small and medium-sized websites. It will not slow down your pageload time or affect its usability in any way. However, if you want to use it on a much bigger website with thousands of permalinks (more than 60.000), please consider excluding content types that do not require customized permalink format in order to lower the custom permalinks array. For further details on the plugin's performance, please visit this post.

Permalink Manager does not collect or transfer any personal data from your website; they are not gathered since there is no need to.

When the plugin is activated, Permalink Manager Pro send requests to the update server that include just necessary (non-sensitive) info to authenticate the license keys and provide direct access to automatic updates.

A sample request looks like this:

[2018-05-10 11:15:02 +0000] 92.222.89.223       GET     get_metadata    permalink-manager-pro   2.0.5.9 4.9.5   http://www.example.com  action=get_metadata&slug=permalink-manager-pro&license_key=XYZ-123-456-789&installed_version=2.0.5.9&php=5.4.45&locale=en_US&checking_for_updates=1