In case you weren’t already aware this site or blog, whichever you prefer, is running on Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2 (not server) and is powered by the WordPress blogging engine. Because this site is running on a simple Mac mini with Apache enabled the project is extremely “DIY” and as such I have had to figure it out as I go along. No fancy hosts or one-click installs here, everything has been extremely manual; except, of course, the Famous 5 minute WordPress Installation!
One hurdle I have had to overcome is being able to use pretty permalinks to make my site more friendly. Permalinks (short for permanent link, get it?) is a static URL to some content on a site. That content can be a specific page, a particular article/post, or a collection of posts within a certain category.
By default WordPress’s permalinks follow this format: http://somesite.com/index.php?p=1 and unfortunately that format is just plain ugly. Having a pretty permalink like this: http://somesite.com/2008/01/01/sample-post/ means hyperlinks on your site and around the web will be more attractive and usable to others.
Read on if you want to know my story about the trouble and success I had with getting pretty permalinks working on my site.