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How to Fix the "404 Not Found" WordPress Error on Pages and Posts

dailycodex.com | Feb. 25, 2016 | 4 min read

"404 Not Found" one message that annoys many people, a message that nobody wants to see, but unfortunately we see it quite often when WordPress permalinks are messed up. Here is how you can fix it.

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Good article regarding Apache and here is additional info on how to do the same on the Windows server:

For starters, you need to add a web.config file to the directory that contains your base WordPress installation. For those of you like me, who are more familiar with Apache servers, web.config is the equivalent to the .htaccess file. And very similarly, this is the file that contains the file rewrite commands allowing for permalinks to be possible.

Second, ensure that the URL Rewrite module is enabled on your IIS server. Apparently, a lot of IIS hosting companies enable this feature by default, but contact your hosting company if it’s not enabled.