How to remove dates from permalinks in WordPress and 301 redirect them to the post on WP Engine

Today I needed to update the permalink structure to remove the dates from blog posts on an old website. It’s easy enough to remove the dates – just go to “Settings”->”Permalinks”, and select the “/%postname%/” option – done! Buuuut there’s still the problem of 301 redirecting old urls so as to not lose SEO value. Here’s how to do it on WP Engine:

  1. Visit your WP Engine control panel (it’ll be a url such as “https://my.wpengine.com/installs/USERNAME/redirect_rules”).
  2. Click on “Redirect Rules”.
  3. Click on “New Redirect Rule”.
  4. In the “Source” box, put: ^/\d{4}/\d{2}/\d{2}/(.*)
  5. In the “Destination” box, put: /$1
  6. Click “Save”, and you’re done!

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