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WordPress Post-ID Exponential Growth Technical Question

  1. I've configured my sites to render permalinks with post-id/postname.

    The first 10 posts on the site have typical URLs like:



    However, I'm up to 35 or so posts and I'm seeing that the latest permalinks have a 4 digit post-ids, like this:


    I'm a little concerned about the exponentially growing post-ID. I don't want it to be that when I'm up to 500 posts, my post permalinks end up with a ridiculously long post IDs of 5 or 6 digits. That just sounds and looks WRONG.

    So, I'm wondering what's causing this. Any ideas?

    I was thinking it might be the WordPress autosave function or something like that which is causing the subsequent posts to have a much higher post-ID. My guess is that the autosaves take up blocks in the database that cannot be used by subsequent posts. This is forcing WP to make the post-ID of the following post much higher.

    I typically go through my posts with a fine-tooth comb before publishing. This generates at least 10-15 outsaves per post.

    Do you think this might be the problem? I want to correct this now before it gets out of control. Permalinks are no joke.

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  3. I’m sorry to report that you have accidentally posted to the wrong support forum. We cannot help you here at with that site as it’s not being hosted by and as we run on different software. This is the correct forum for your software http://wordpress.ORG/support/ vs The Differences
    Best wishes with your site.

  4. Hi, yes, I realized it after I posted. But looking up and down the post I couldn't find a delete button. :s

    Sorry about that. I posted the question in the proper forum in now.

    Best, Danny

  5. Not to worry. On this forum only Moderators and Staff can edit or delete or close threads. best wishes with your install. :)

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