Hello, I know this is an elementary question, but I thought I’d come to the experts!
I just launched a website (using a great theme I bought here) and I realized that the permalinks were page ids? Is it crucial to change these to the other naming convention to take full advantage of the SEO plugin by Yoast?
For example, currently I have www.mysite.com/?page_id=56 but do I need to make it to where it is www.mysite.com/about?
I appreciate this community and thank you in advance for the advice!
Yes, it benefits, but I’d think about it if the pages are widely shared on the internet. Sharing is more important than naming.
Definitely change your permalinks.
I mostly use
/%category%/%postname%.php; this makes page permalinks like you mentioned (/about/) and makes the blog posts look like they’re files in a /category/ folder (i.e. upper in hierarchy; read that this matters).
Also, if you’re using WP SEO by Yoast, I also strip the category base under Permalinks.