Convert hyphen to underscore in permalinks

by Giri   Last Updated August 26, 2019 17:08 PM

I would like to use underscore in my permalinks instead of hyphen.

Current permalink:

www.example.com/2013/01/hello-this-is-a-test-post/

Desired permalink

www.example.com/2013/01/hello_this_is_a_test_post/

I have tried some solutions mentioned here in stacexchange. But they were not working.



Answers 3


Toscho advised me like this.

Google treats - as word separator, but not _. You will hurt yourself. :)

He was 100% true. Here is an article that explains it. So I dropped the idea.

But if you still looking for a solution here is the answer.

Answered by this stackoverflow user

Hunt down the following file: wp-includes/formatting.php

Jump down to the sanitize_title_with_dashes function. You'll find this section of code inside:

$title = strtolower($title);
$title = preg_replace('/&.+?;/', '', $title); // kill entities
$title = str_replace('.', '-', $title);
$title = preg_replace('/[^%a-z0-9 _-]/', '', $title);
$title = preg_replace('/\s+/', '-', $title);
$title = preg_replace('|-+|', '-', $title);
$title = trim($title, '-');

Swap out all of the dashes/hyphens (-) for underscores (_) like so:

$title = strtolower($title);
$title = preg_replace('/&.+?;/', '', $title); // kill entities
$title = str_replace('.', '_', $title);
$title = preg_replace('/[^%a-z0-9 _-]/', '', $title);
$title = preg_replace('/\s+/', '_', $title);
$title = preg_replace('|-+|', '_', $title);
$title = trim($title, '_');

Note that any posts you've created before this change, and rely on the %postname% permalink structure tag, will be broken.

In that case you'll need to go back and republish those post so the dashes are swapped out for the underscores. Or just write yourself a little SQL to replace them.

Giri
Giri
January 05, 2013 17:22 PM

I initially did this but with every update to Wordpress I'd have to make the manual change again, so I made this plugin in case it helps anyone: http://wordpress.org/plugins/underscores-in-permalinks/

Joey Wohleb
Joey Wohleb
October 31, 2013 15:12 PM

it can be done easily without any codes or plugin just go to pages dashboard, click Quick Edit" which url you want to change. Now add underscore. Update and done

Md. Elias
Md. Elias
August 26, 2019 16:12 PM

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