Support » Fixing WordPress » Trailing slashes on static page URLs – yay or nay?

  • I’m posting this because I can’t seem to find a clear answer to this issue on the web.

    My WordPress sites currently consist of mainly static pages. My URLs are of the form (single top-level page) or (single second-level page).

    Given that these URLs point to a specific page, I find the trailing slash a bit incongruous. The main options for single static pages are:

    Does anyone have any ideas of the practical pros and cons for each option (excepting choice, aesthetic or historical reasons)? I imagine that there may be various practical reasons for each – SEO, redirects etc.


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  • Moderator cubecolour



    Tom McFarlin wrote an article about this which may give you some insight

    Thanks cubecolour – much appreciated.

    As regards SEO, the Google article linked to by Tom McFarlin’s page is very interesting. The upshot of it is that using either a trailing slash or no trailing slash is ok on an SEO level, along as you choose one as being your canonical form, remain consistent, and 301 redirect from the non-canonical form to the canonical form (if a 301 redirect can’t be used then a rel="canonical" is treated similarly).

    On an HTTP specification level, it appears that the preference is for pages not to have trailing slashes, but index files to have them (the latter being a moot point perhaps given that an index file can also be considered to be a page on the web).

    For interest’s sake, I had a quick look at how some major sites, including WordPress-generated sites, handle their URLs. These include such sites as the BBC, New York Times, Reddit, Guardian etc. My conclusion was that:

    The home page is almost always in the form

    Topics can either be or

    Single pages are most often, although some of the larger sites, even if using WordPress, use the form


    For anyone who’s reading this thread, I’ve also just come across the following W3C page that is an excellent read on how to “future-proof” your URIs. Useful when choosing your slugs, or writing a non-Wordpress site where you have to decide whether or not to make your URIs extensionless or not.

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