WiscWeb - WordPress UW Theme - Updating Permalink (Slug) Value

When you create a page, post, or other content item within your site that has the same name as another item already created, WordPress will automatically append a -2 to the end of it. For example, if you have an about page already created, and you create a second page titled about, your URL for the new page will be https://sitename.wisc.edu/about-2/. This document will walk you through the process of renaming any Permalink or Slug values that you want to.

Updating Your Permalink (Slug)

When you create your content item and see that there is a -2 appended to the Permalink, you can change in just a few easy steps.

Permalink value with dash two value added
  1. Click on the Edit button next to the Permalink.
  2. In the field that appears, you would change or update the editable text.
Editing the permalink value

Permalink value edited
  1. Once you've done that, click the OK button to the right to update this change.
Updated permalink with correct value

Be sure to Update your changes so that they are committed to your site.


  • If you change the Permalink value and still see that a -2 appears, or the numbers get higher, you may have additional pages or content items that you need to find with similar URLs. 
  • If you find that you have page names with identical Permalinks, consider changing the page titles when you are updating the Permalinks or review the content and determine whether you need to keep it or can delete it.

Keywords:URL, page, site name, title, address, link, reference, post, text, domain, reference   Doc ID:89513
Owner:Matthew G.Group:WiscWeb CMS
Created:2019-02-06 09:53 CDTUpdated:2020-02-21 14:41 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, WiscWeb CMS
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