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  1. Brad Isaac
    May 25, 2007 • 9:24 pm

    I’d caution anyone who is wanting to change their permalinks that they need to have a good site backup and a Plan B.

    When I first moved my blog, the links all changed to new locations (of course) but the structure didn’t work right. It took days to hack everything to make it work again.

    Otherwise, it was a good move. LOL

  2. Lynn Terry
    May 25, 2007 • 9:39 pm

    Great point to add, Brad – a good back-up is important anytime you are making changes or additions to your site/blog!

  3. Giorgio
    August 29, 2007 • 10:09 am

    Little advice,

    You will have to 301 redirect the first to avoid duplicate content issues.

    A 301 redirect is a way to tell search engines the is permanently moved, thus you will not spoil PR this way.


    Good luck!

  4. Teli Adlam
    December 8, 2007 • 11:31 pm

    You will have to 301 redirect the first to avoid duplicate content issues.

    WP 2.3.x will automatically do that for you.

    ~ Teli

  5. Carol Bremner (TorontoCarol)
    December 22, 2008 • 7:16 pm

    Thanks Lynn, for the mention about adding a post to more than one category. I was having trouble with that, so I stopped doing multiple categories. Glad to see there is another alternative.

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  7. Leigh Kostiainen
    August 19, 2009 • 9:48 pm

    Thanks Lynn, your permalinks advice was great, and I understood what you were talking about … as a result I think I have made some excellent changes to my site and the way I work with links. Ta Leigh in Australia.

  8. Ray Cassidy
    September 3, 2009 • 1:09 pm

    My blog section is a bit more subtle than most of the blogs you refer to as it isn’t a strictly commercial website. I hope that the structure you outline will encourage a few more readers to get their local community information from the site.

    In essence it isn’t a lot different to the writing structures taught in primary school over here in the UK.

  9. Tom
    September 19, 2009 • 1:25 am

    Also, for performance reasons, it is a good idea to start your permalink structure with a numeric field, such as the year or post ID. More info can be found here:

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  11. richard
    February 1, 2010 • 7:24 am

    I am starting a blog and want to use this permalink, but .. as we have been ‘playing’ a lot with posts, pages etc, the first post will go out with a postID of 151.

    Is there a way to have the posts start from ‘1’ again?


  12. Mike
    August 5, 2010 • 1:07 am

    No IdeaRichard but are you using wordpress theme f it is then why don’t you directly contact wordpress support.

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  14. Isobel
    April 17, 2011 • 6:19 am

    I realise this is an old post (although the permalink structure advice is still pertinent). However, ironically your link to the permalink migration plugin brings up a 404 error! Not your fault, the guy has obviously changed his site because even his internal links to the page aren’t working. Some days, you just can’t win :P

  15. Steve
    December 27, 2011 • 7:33 pm

    I have been using the permalink structure of; Post# – category – Post name: /%post_id%/%category%/%postname%/.
    My reasoning is that I have read where the post number is needed for proper tracking of the post.
    The added category ID is to add a little more Google food and keyword identity.
    Then of course the post name which should be keyword rich for the main topic of the article.
    The number in the permalink is an important aspect whiter it’s a date, post number or a seed id that is related to one post only.
    Just my idea on the subject from many different research efforts on the subject.

  16. Ian
    December 10, 2012 • 5:55 pm

    Good post but I find using just the post name with a .html appended works better with the search engines than having the post id in it. If you want to shorten the url for emails, you can use the “get short link” button on the post edit screen to do this.

    Permalink structure: /%postname%.html
    Post url:
    Short link for post:

    I use this in conjunction with the “.html on pages” to give my entire site better looking and more search engine friendly links.

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