I have a blog that I've maintained for seven years now. I have the default Wordpress permalink structure (EXAMPLE: http://www.lauralohr.com/?p=123) and I want to change it to include the post name, (Like this: http://www.lauralohr.com/sample-post/).
My first question is, for SEO, what permalink structure should I choose? I know I want post name included, but should I also include post id? date? I want to change from the default so I can take advantage of the SEO from the links. (So, like this: /%postid/%postname%/)
Secondly, I have installed the Redirection plugin to handle the 404's resulting from changing the permalink. When I activate the plugin, VOILA! I have beautiful links to my posts----
EXCEPT on my home page. I have a 404 error on my homepage, on the first post.
My blog lives in a folder on my root called WordPress. My home page is http://www.lauralohr.com/wordpress, however, my links come up http://www.lauralohr.com/name-of-the-post.
I'm not sure what needs to be done to make my home page not 404.
In settings, in the dashboard, my WordPress Address (URL)is http://www.lauralohr.com/wordpress. My Site Address (URL)is http://www.lauralohr.com.
Any help would be much appreciated!