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Since the post_id is unique and no full text search is needed.

So is the structure %postname%/%post_id% really improve performance?

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I hate to answer this with a link, But with WordPress 3.3, how it searches for permalinks have been greatly improved so you can almost put anything into the permalinks and it will be fast.

http://ottopress.com/2011/how-the-postname-permalinks-in-wordpress-3-3-work/

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If by performance you mean SEO wise - the answer is it really depends.

My permalinks are set to use date and day in the permalinks. When user searches for "web design list 2011" - the 2011 in my url gives me an added advantage of coming up.

So if your id significantly enhances your product name or blog article - this may help in search. Otherwise it is in particular not required.

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So is the structure %postname%/%post_id% really improve performance?

Over what? Although the performance gain is very very very slight (i.e. very very negligible), there are obviously better permalinks for performance.

  • Nothing beats the default permalink structure: http://example.com/?p=123

  • But I am sure, you want %postname% in there. So, the next best choice would be /%year%/%postname%/%post_id%/ (for instance, http://example.com/2012/post-name/121/)

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