Context: As you might know, Wordpress' permalink structure enforces a trailing slash at the end of URLs (so /about becomes /about/ etc.)
I've always found this useful -- keeps URLs nice and uniform.
My client's Wordpress site is hosted on Pantheon, which seems great except for one thing:
Their platform runs on Nginx, and for whatever reason that means the trailing slash permalink rule is not enforceable. (according to their support).
This means /about and /about/ both render in the browser. The canonical tag is set and points to /about/ -- but to me, that's still messy.
Support's best answer was for me to write PHP redirects (which would have to be done on a 1:1 basis, for every URL on the site. This, to me, is not acceptable. It's a basic issue and should be solvable -- but it's apparently not with Nginx.
I'm considering moving the site to a Linux host in order to resolve this issue, but I can't find any definitive info on this.
Is it beneficial for SEO to solve the trailing slash issue and move to an Apache host? Or would it be a negligible improvement since there are already canonical tags (self-referencing) in place?