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 don’€™t review the permalink before hitting that lovely Publish button, you’€™ll get an URL that’€™s even worse than the default ones.
You see, permalinks are usually converted from the post title automatically, and if you’€™ve got special characters in there it’€™ll either remove them entirely (that’€™s the good solution), or replace them with lots of funny characters (% and such). If the latter is the case, you’€™ll get an extremely long and clunky permalink that looks like shit.
So here’€™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. What’€™s the use of permalinks if they look awful?
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.