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  • The wordpress docs now advise against permalinks with /postname and no numeric value in it. Unfortunately my site is one of them, and it will need to scale to a 1000+ pages. I would like to change the permalinks to /post-id/postname.

    * will it resolve the issues listed in the permalink docs and the article at
    * if I change permalinks from the WordPress admin site and update the htaccess, will the permalink update also clean up (= remove the too many rewrite_rules entries) in the wp_options table? If not, what can I do to clean this up and re-start on the right foot?

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  • I’m really hoping that this will eventually be fixed.

    What is surprising however is that I went into phpMyAdmin and browsed the wp_options table, and did not see anything related to rewrite_rules…. decided to bite the bullet and update the permalinks with 301 redirect. Is there anything else I can do to no longer have to worry about changing permalinks in the future?

    This thread really got me thinking if I was doing the right thing.
    I also have a postname only format, chosen initially because of high SEO benefits.

    After reading the Codex advice against it, I was in cold sweat… oh my… so I did some searching online. Wasn’t that issue more related to versions up to 1.5?

    This post, including the comments by the author, was such a relief

    Maybe this can help others…

    I bit the bullet and changed the permalink to /post-id/postname and redirected to the new format. Like the author of your article, it’s not clear at this point that it makes a difference, but I’ll go the safety route. Post-id is not so bad in the URL and to my (positive) surprise I am able to write more articles as Posts than previously Pages, and Google indexes the posts within the hour, vs. Pages that took weeks to appear in their engine. Why, I have no idea.

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