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  • Resolved peteranne


    I just installed 2.6 on IIS/Apache windows/linux server without mod rewrite. Default PL work, the almost pretty index.php ones don’t even after reading all the documentation, creating a php.ini and adding dummy tags/categories. The software doesn’t seem terribly well tested in this area…

    This is a new site, my post titles are in both English and Italian (see and a custom structure would be long, maybe 60-70 characters which risks getting truncated. My research suggests that although many SEOers recommend custom permalinks, Google would only boost your rating when a descriptive URL anchor link is pasted into a forum or something similar…it really doesn’t seem worth the hassle. Our site pages have similar format to standard WP URLs and we are consistently on google page one…What do people think?

    In the mean time I try to fix the technical problem

    thx Peter

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  • You need some sort of permalink that does not include the post ID, because in their wisdom, the developers have introduced revision control which means post IDs no longer remain constant if you edit the post, and post IDs can very quickly become large.

    Note that you can set the post “slug” yourself, you don’t need to use the long ones WordPress suggests automatically. You can take just one or two key words from the title to produce a shorter permalink.

    So if you blog about “Why revision control in WordPress is a real pain” you can use a post slug such as “wordpress-revisions”

    For your bilingual blog, one option would be to set the slug to one language or the other.

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