There are different possibilities to influence the output of wordpress permalinks. To change them, you have to create a .htaccess file in your wordpress root directory with chmod 777. After that, navigate to Settings/ Permalinks in the wordpress admin area. Paste one of the permalink snippets there.
After that, change the chmod of your .htaccess file back to 644!
Other relevant snippets:
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My preferred permalink version ist this one:
The output is the post’s name. In my opinion the best version, especially for SEO issues. For example: http://wordpress-snippets.com/permalink-structure
Furthermore you can combine these snippets:
The year that the post was published in. Example output: 2011
The month that the post was published in. Example output: 10
The day that the post was published in. Example output: 28
The exact minute the post was published in. Example output: 45
The second that the post was published in. Example output: 38
The post’s ID, which could still be preferably used in conjunction with other text. Example output: 123
The category that the post is entered in’s slug. If it’s a nested category, the permalink will show the full hierarchy. Only one category will be shown, however, the lowest numbered one.
Example output: (first level) tutorials
Example output: (third level) articles/tutorials/coding
A tag that the post’s associated with’s slug. Example output: awesome
The post’s author’s slug. Example output: tim-binder
You can combine different snippets:
The output looks like that: http://wordpress-snippets.com/shortcodes/permalink-structure/tim-binder