WordPress Post Urls Appear Directly Under the Main Domain Without the Subfolder Path

I have a website "website.com", and under its subfolder /a/ /b/ /c/ and /d/ I have four different wordpress blogs. what can I do so the url of blog posts are like this "website.com/sdfdsfds.html" rather than "website.com/a/sdfdsfds.html"ChatGPT

To achieve the URL structure you're looking for, where the blog post URLs appear directly under the main domain without the subfolder path, you'll need to adjust the configuration of both WordPress and your web server. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you set this up:

Step 1: WordPress Permalink Settings

For each of your WordPress installations located in subfolders (/a/, /b/, /c/, /d/), you need to change the permalink structure to make URLs cleaner:

  1. Log into your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. Go to Settings > Permalinks.
  3. Select the "Post name" option or a custom structure that suits your needs. This will set the posts to use a format like sdfdsfds.html.

Step 2: Modify .htaccess or Configure Web Server

Depending on your web server (Apache or Nginx), you'll need to rewrite URLs to remove the subfolder from the URL publicly while still serving the content from the subfolder.

Apache Configuration

If you are using Apache, you will modify the .htaccess file in your root directory (website.com). You might need to add or modify rules like the following:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)\.html$ /a/$1.html [L]
RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)\.html$ /b/$1.html [L]
RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)\.html$ /c/$1.html [L]
RewriteRule ^([a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)\.html$ /d/$1.html [L]

Note: This is a basic example. You might need more complex rules if there are overlapping names or other specific requirements.

Nginx Configuration

For Nginx, you'll need to add rewrite rules in the site's configuration file:

location / {
    try_files $uri $uri/ @rewrites;

location @rewrites {
    rewrite ^/([a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)\.html$ /a/$1.html last;
    rewrite ^/([a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)\.html$ /b/$1.html last;
    rewrite ^/([a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)\.html$ /c/$1.html last;
    rewrite ^/([a-zA-Z0-9_-]+)\.html$ /d/$1.html last;

Step 3: Test and Adjust

After updating your web server's configuration, it’s crucial to thoroughly test all possible URLs to ensure they correctly redirect and that there are no conflicts or errors. It’s also advisable to consider the impact of these changes on SEO and ensure that search engines are redirected (using 301 redirects) from the old URLs to the new ones to maintain your site's ranking.

Step 4: Handling Overlaps

If there are potential overlaps (e.g., different posts in /a/ and /b/ with the same name), you will need to devise a strategy to handle these. Options include using unique post names or modifying the rewrite rules to handle specific cases uniquely.

By following these steps, you can achieve a cleaner URL structure while maintaining multiple WordPress installations in subdirectories. This setup requires careful configuration and testing to ensure that everything functions correctly without disrupting the user experience or SEO.