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Posted on 2014-09-30
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Permalink Settings
By default WordPress uses web URLs which have question marks and lots of numbers in them; however, WordPress offers you the ability to create a custom URL structure for your permalinks and archives. This can improve the aesthetics, usability, and forward-compatibility of your links. A number of tags are available, and here are some examples to get you started.

could I just select radio buttons to have descriptive (no ?/numbers) urls
Or do I need a special plugin

Is this only for permalinks because I want this on entire website
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Question by:rgb192
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Under Settings | Permalinks, choose "Post Name" from the preset options.  That will take the title of the page/post and make it the URL:

yoursite.com/the-name-of-the-page-or-post/

No special plugins are needed.
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by:Edwin Hoffer
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Hello,

The by default setting in WordPress is sitename.com/?p=123, but you can change the permalink setting from Settings >> Permalinks page to:

Day and name: You can choose this if you want to to show year, month, date and post name in permalink;
Post name: Choose this option if you want to show only post name in your permalink;

Custom Structure:

If you want to show post name with extension then update this in custom structure box: /%postname%.html (you can change .html to any format like, php, asp etc)
If you want to show category and post name then choose this: /%category%/%postname%

for more information you can check this: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks

Thanks
Edwin
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by:rgb192
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So will all the urls on the website be descriptive. MySite.com click on any link and see MySite.com/descriptive/words
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by:Jason C. Levine
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Yes
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by:rgb192
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thanks
One radio button alters the entire website
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