13 Feb 12
03 Jun 12 3:01 pm
In the built-in WordPress editor, you can edit the page/post path (called the slug or permalink) and make it whatever you want, when first creating a post.
If you change the path of an old post, people who have linked to it will get a 404 (page not found) error. And there could be WordPress internal issues. So, you'd need to do a 301 (permanently moved) redirect. The "Redirection" plugin makes 301's easy to create and to manage.
You can also affect the order of posts on the page where your posts appear, by editing their dates, with the latest displayed on top.
Pages offer even more options than posts, with parent/child relations, order numbers and menu system order and displayed name controls.
I've grown used to a certain WordPress framework and theme set (StudioPress "Genesis" framework and their "child themes") so not sure how much that affects flexibility.
There are several plugins for changing post order too.
Hope this helps...