Permalinks are great, they clean up the ugly ?id=X structure and makes URL:s easy to read and, if necessary, remember. However, if you put special characters in your title and donâ€™t review the permalink before hitting that lovely Publish button, youâ€™ll get an URL thatâ€™s even worse than the default ones.
You see, permalinks are usually converted from the post title automatically, and if youâ€™ve got special characters in there itâ€™ll either remove them entirely (thatâ€™s the good solution), or replace them with lots of funny characters (% and such). If the latter is the case, youâ€™ll get an extremely long and clunky permalink that looks like shit.
So hereâ€™s the tip! Check your permalinks and beware of special characters – Microsoft Word will give you tons of those if you copy-paste from there. Whatâ€™s the use of permalinks if they look awful?