In this post there's an interesting discussion of how to acomplish a number of things with regards to permalink structure, and making changes, etc. It got me thinking about a request I've had from a couple of clients that I just haven't felt like playing with (mainly because I haven't been able to come up with much recent/relevent info on the subject). I know that the Codex needs some updating in this area and much of the information there at the moment on these subjects is really more relevant to 1.5.
That being said, here's the issue (well, two issues);
Part 1 - I've got a couple of sites with a limited number of (say 10-20) existing html "pages", the sites/pages all have an existing google page rank of 6-8, the site owners would like to migrate to a simple to use cms or publishing system (i'd like to use WP obviously), but not loose the existing page rank, and get the existing page content into the WP or CMS system. Typically for my own site and a couple of others I operate which use WP, I use date base permalinks like yyyy/mm/dd/post-name-or-slug for posts, and pages end up looking like site-root/page-name-or-slug.
On a couple of occasions in the past I've used permalinks to append .html to posts (to retain page rank and permalink structure for sites migrating from things like MT/TP where the .html ending was the standard) --- Can the same thing be achieved for pages ? I've played with this a bit, but haven't come up with much that really works cleanly and simply other than "hack" methods using contorted .htaccess re-write rules. It also doesn't scale very well for larger sites. Any ideas ?
Part 2 - Category permalinks --
why does WP seem to default to /category/my-cat-name for links/permalinks to posts via categories ? Isn't the /category part just unneccesary cruft in the URL ? I'd prefer links that simply look like /my-cat-name/post-name
This could just be a dumbass I missed the codex page issue, but how can I get rid of the /category part ?