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?

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