Many people recommend that users setup their Wordpress permalinks to use either use "/postname" or "/category/postname" for best SEO structure. Ive never used categories before and have always opted for postname alone. Currently I'm building a very large site which will cover a lot of broad categories so placing them in an efficient structure of /category/postname would make sense. However I just discovered that including categories or any text based variable into a permalink causes slower load times. Wordpress says on this page: ""For performance reasons, it is not a good idea to start your permalink structure with the category, tag, author, or postname fields. The reason is that these are text fields, and using them at the beginning of your permalink structure it takes more time for WordPress to distinguish your Post URLs from Page URLs (which always use the text "page slug" as the URL), and to compensate, WordPress stores a lot of extra information in its database (so much that sites with lots of Pages have experienced difficulties). So, it is best to start your permalink structure with a numeric field, such as the year or post ID."" Im not keen on adding a numeric field as suggested above as the permalink would look horrible. So which do i choose? 1) website.com/category/postname - good for internal seo, but slower pageload times 2) website.com/postid/postname - bad internal seo, but better pageload speeds Or perhaps I should just stick to website.com/postname? What permalinks are you guys using?