If you’ve ever used the
/%postname%/ permalink structure on your WordPress site (and haven’t we all at some point) then this bit of news will interest you. A handful of WordPress core contributors have completed a patch that greatly improves the speed and scalability of WordPress’ verbose rewrite rules.
Andy Skelton, Otto, Mark Jaquith, and Jon Cave worked on the ticket, which was committed just last week for the 3.3 release cycle. Improving these verbose rewrite rules was one of the times on the checklist for 3.3, so things seem to be on track for a November release.
In an interesting (and telling) turn of events, a changeset not long after the previously mentioned patch added /%postname%/ to the list of options on the Permalink Settings screen. Not only is that permalink structure not recommended against, it’s now a recommended option:
Have you used just the
/%postname%/ permalink structure on any of your sites in the past? Will you start using it more now that the concerns around its performance have been assuaged?