By default WordPress uses web URLs which have question marks and lots of numbers in them, which is not good for S.E.O. (Search Engine Optimization). Fortunately WordPress offers you the ability to create a custom URL structure using Permalinks in your Admin area.

Login to the Admin area of your WordPress blog and navigate to Options > Permalinks.

Here you can choose what sort of URL structure you wish to use, there are several options available.

Default –

Date and Name based –

Numeric –

You can also choose to use custom structure where you specify how the URL will be written by combining several custom tags.

Custom tags include:

%year% – The year of the post, four digits, for example 2004

%monthnum% – Month of the year, for example 05

%day% – Day of the month, for example 28

%hour% – Hour of the day, for example 15

%minute% – Minute of the hour, for example 43

%second% – Second of the minute, for example 33

%postname% – A sanitized version of the title of the post. So “This Is A Great Post!” becomes “this-is-a-great-post” in the URI

%post_id% – The unique ID # of the post, for example 423

%category% – A sanitized version of the category name. Nested sub-categories appear as nested directories in the URI.

%author% – A sanitized version of the author name.