Victor Wynne

Dates don’t belong in permalinks

Matt Gemmell:

Can we talk, briefly, about the URLs on your blog?

If you’re like most people, your permalinks (the permanent links to individual posts) probably look like this:

We’re all familiar with those URLs. The date of the post is explicit, so you need never wonder when it was written, or how recent it is.

Here’s the thing, though: they’re horrible.

Many of the reasons laid out in his post echo my own reasoning for doing the same for this site. I don’t even display the date a post was published on my front page. If readers really want to know this information it is shown on each individual post and as an available sorting option in the archive.