According to the definition provided by WordPress.org
Permalinks are the permanent URLs to your individual weblog posts, as well as categories and other lists of weblog postings. A permalink is what another weblogger will use to link to your article (or section), or how you might send a link to your story in an e-mail message. The URL to each post should be permanent, and never change — hence permalink.
And why is any of this important? One of the great things about using a self-hosted WordPress site, is the built in SEO features. One of these features, is the use of Permalinks.
According to Matt Cutts at WordCamp 2007 the best permalink structure you can use is just the post title with hyphens. He offers these three bits of advice:
- In permalinks or URLs, no spaces is worst, underscore is better, dashes or hyphens are best.
- Use alt tags on images: not only is it good accessibility, it is good SEO.
- Don’t include the post date in your URL.
For every post or page etc. that you create in your WordPress site, a unique url (or web id) is created. There are three types of Permalinks that you an choose from:
- the WordPress default – which they themselves define as “ulgy” ( so you know that is not the one :-)) The default will look like this:
- mod_rewrite: or “Pretty Permalinks”. This is a versatile format and the most popular, which gives you the option to go
- PATHINFO: or “Almost Pretty“. While this is also versatile, it is not considered to be “As Pretty” as the former, since it results in a much longer url. Here is how it looks:
So, how do you make these changes? Here is a Video Tutorial:
You can find more details about using permalinks here.
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