Permalink structure — best practices regarding the ‘trailing slash’

Basic question but perhaps someone can shed some light on this topic. When setting up a new website and its permalink structure, what is the general consensus about including (or excluding) the ‘trailing slash’?

By default, WP has always included the trailing slash but in some tutorials from recent years I see the instructor/creator opting to remove the trailing slash. I guess it’s ‘cleaner’ that way and it shouldn’t have any SEO impact as long as you maintain that structure with whatever you do on that website, but I’m wondering if there are any drawbacks (if any) to consider.

Keep the default WP setting with a trailing slash, or remove it? Let me know what you think.


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