Show “Native slug” field

What is a slug? The slug is a unique text string included in native (default) URLs that is used to determine which post or term should be loaded. Permalink Manager may replace the default permalink system, allowing you to completely modify and change your URL addresses.

The slug is based on the initial post/term title and is assigned to the post or term once it is published. As a result, even if you modify the post/term title later, the slug will remain the same. It implies that if you want to update it, you must do it manually in the slug editor.

The fact that native slugs cannot be used more than once is their main flaw. It makes no difference if the rest of the permalink differs and the URL as a whole is unique. Because Permalink Manager replaces original permalinks with modified ones, you can manually update the permalinks and remove the redundant numeric suffix (“-2”) from duplicated slugs. More information about this functionality may be found here.

Similarly, you may change the URLs of specific posts or terms as you see appropriate. It makes no difference whether or not your new permalinks include native slugs.

By default, the native slugs will be included in the permalinks generated by Permalink Manager. Unlike the original WordPress permalinks system, you may also have the URL automatically updated if the title changes. To use this functionality, first adjust the “Slugs mode” option in the plugin settings to “Use actual titles as slugs“. Additionally, you must enable the “Auto-update permalinks” option there. Please change “Slugs mode” in the plugin settings to use the actual post/terms titles instead. The more precise instructions may be found in a different article.

The native slug editor is not displayed in the admin interface by default.

If you need to alter the native slugs for whatever reason, you may use the slug editor straight from the URI Editor. To do this, activate the ‘Show “Native slug” field‘ option in Permalink Manager settings, as shown below.

Show "Native slug" field

"Native slug" field inside URI Editor
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