I notice many of my friends’ blogs are still using the post number as their permalink URL. I read that it is more beneficial to use a friendlier URL like our blog post titles. Anyway, I personally do not like to see my post number appearing because it is rather embarassing to have a blog with 2,000+ blog posts. Hehehe, moreover, having titles mean useful keywords = better chance on being found by the search engines. On top of that, we can easily know which post someone is referring to when they send us the URL.
So, here is how to make your URL friendlier. I assume your webhost has a .htaccess file which is editable on your site. I will explain what is .htaccess in my noob way in the next post.
First step, log on to your dashboard and go to Option > Permalink
Second step, by default your WordPress give you the first choice :
You do not want the default choice, so pick the second choice, i.e. date and name base. Date is the date you posted and name is the title of your blog. I picked custom because my blog has an /index.php/ to it.
After you have picked the date and name base, click the upper top right button, Update Permalink.
You should see a yellow bar at the top that says…Your permalink has been updated (or something similar)
If you see a message that goes something like, “You need to update your .htaccess, then, there are a few other things that need tweaking. I will explain that in the next post.
So, go on, make your URL looks more professional with this simple step of making the second choice instead of default.