If you want an easy way to manage your content online, then we strongly recommend that you consider building your website with WordPress.
WordPress provides site owners with two main content publishing types: Posts and Pages.
In this article, you are going to discover the main differences between Posts and Pages and which type you should use when publishing content to your website or blog.
First, we’ll help you understand the main differences, and then we’ll show you ways to use Posts and Pages on your WordPress web site.
- Main Differences Between Pages And Posts
- WP Posts
- WordPress Pages Vs Posts – Similarities
- What WordPress Pages Are Not
- What Type Of Content Can Be Added To Posts And Pages?
Main Differences Between Pages And Posts
With WordPress, you can publish content online using either Posts or Pages.
Although your blog readers or site visitors may not care whether you choose to publish your content using Pages or Posts, it’s important that you understand the main differences between these two features, so you can know when to use one or the other whenever you have information to share online.
Let’s have a look, then, at these differences, starting with WordPress Posts.
What do you think about when you hear the word “blogging”? Most people associate weblogs with content related to advice, sharing latest news, and so on.
When writing content for a blog, you would normally use posts. We refer to these as “blog posts.”
Posts can be used to publish all of this content online, but there’s another reason for using posts, and that is discussed in detail in our series on driving traffic to your business using WordPress.
To learn more about this series, go here:
- Website Traffic Blueprint Part 1 – How To Automatically Increase Your Website Visitors For Your Business With WordPress
By default, Posts are entries listed by date and typically displayed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s home page, so that the most recently published post entry shows above the older posts …
(Posts typically display in reverse chronological order, with the latest entry appearing above the older posts)
How Posts Display
WordPress Posts and their content can be displayed as entry summaries on the front page or the blog section of your site …
(Posts displayed as entries on a blog page)
And also as individual blog posts on a theme’s single post …
Learn how to create a blog page in WordPress here:
To learn how to create a new Post in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial:
Sticky WordPress Posts
Posts marked as “sticky” display before your other blog posts …
(WP Posts can be featured on your blog page)
Note: How to make a WP post “sticky” is explained in more detail in a separate tutorial.
Where WordPress Posts Display On Your Website
Posts can appear throughout different sections of your site like Archive Pages, Tags, Recent Posts, and in a number of widgets …
(Posts appear throughout different sections of your site)
Posts automatically appear in your WordPress RSS feed section, which makes your content easier to syndicate …
(Posts automatically display in your WordPress RSS feed section)
Posts can display a comments section below the main content area, allowing blog readers to engage with your content …
You can group posts using Post Categories…
(WordPress Category Archive Page)
And posts can be grouped using Post Tags …
Note: To learn more about WP Categories, Tags, RSS Feeds, etc. see our other articles and tutorials.
Now that you understand some of the things that make WordPress Posts unique, let’s take a look at what makes WordPress Pages and Posts similar.
WordPress Pages Vs Posts – Similarities
Here are some of the main similarities between WP posts and pages:
- WordPress posts and pages both share the same functions and methods for adding page/post titles using title fields and creating and formatting content using the WordPress Visual/Text Editor.
- Pages and posts use your WordPress theme template files to help keep the look of your site consistent.
- Posts and pages let you use keyword-rich URLs
- WordPress pages and posts are both viewed by search engines as indexable content.
- Depending on the theme and plugins you have installed, WP posts and pages both give you control over settings like Title, Meta Description, and Meta Keywords.
- Depending on the theme and plugins you have installed on your site, content from or links to WordPress posts and pages can display in your widgets and menus.
Although WP pages and posts can be similar in many respects, pages have several key distinctions that separate them from posts.
Pages normally reside outside of the blog chronology and are mostly used to showcase content that is less likely to change over time, such as:
- Company Information
- Your Contact Details
- Pages Describing Your Products And Services
- Reprint Permissions
- Site Map
- etc …
A WordPress Page is not listed by date and isn’t referenced using categories and tags.
You can, however, use Pages to keep your site content organized hierarchically.
WordPress Parent & Child Pages
For example, you can organize your main content into “Parent” pages (where each of your primary subjects gets its own page), and then add nested pages for each of your secondary topics into “child” pages …
(In WordPress, main pages and subpages are also called “parent” pages and “child” pages)
You can add as many ”nested” pages as you need to keep your content organized into “topic hierarchies”, as shown in the illustration below …
(Organize Your Pages Using Parent & Child WordPress Pages)
Pages can also be displayed in the sidebar of your site using the Pages Widget …
(Displaying A List Of Your Pages Using A Pages Widget)
In the screenshot above, a “Pages Widget” is used to display links to five main pages and three “nested” pages.
In addition to displaying pages through sidebar widgets, many WordPress themes also display pages in menu areas within the header and footer sections of your website …
WP Page Templates
Pages can also use different templates. These page templates usually include template files, template tags and other PHP code that allow unique, complex or sophisticated elements to be added to a page.
This is useful for creating different styles of pages, such as:
- Sales Pages
- Squeeze Pages
- Video Pages
- Membership Pages
For example, below are just some of the sales page templates made available by a popular WordPress theme called OptimizePress …
(OptimizePress sales pages)
In its most basic form, Use “pages” for publishing ”non-blog” type information and “posts” for telling people about your business. In fact, if you removed all posts from your site, you would end up with something that would look very similar to your traditional website (i.e. a site that comprises of the usual web pages found in most business websites.)
What WordPress Pages Are Not
Another way to understand the important differences between pages vs posts is to look at what WP pages are not:
- Pages are not posts. Pages are not processed by the WordPress Loop, which is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts and to cycle post data (like time, category, etc.) through the main page of your blog. Note, however, that you can change this through the use of various plugins or customizations.
- Pages cannot be associated with categories and cannot be assigned post tags. This means that pages can only be organized according to a hierarchy where you specify and arrange the order of main pages and subpages, not from referencing tags or categories.
- Pages are not files. Unlike traditional websites that are built from a collection of static pages saved as separate files within your web server, pages are created, managed and stored in tables inside a CMS (same goes for Posts).
- Pages are not included in your website’s RSS feed. Earlier, we explained that posts automatically show up in your RSS feed. Pages do not. Note: there are plugins available that will add your pages to your site’s RSS feed.
- Pages (or a specific post) can be set as a fixed “home” page. In other tutorials, we explain how to specify a page to be the front page of your WordPress site, and show you how to create a separate page to display your latest blog posts (where your most recent blog post entries will display in a blog page).
Because posts and post content are referenced from different areas of your WordPress site (e.g. archives, searches, tags, categories, RSS feeds, custom menus, etc.) than content published using pages, many WordPress SEO experts will argue that it is generally better to publish content designed to attract more exposure from search engines using posts instead of pages.
What Type Of Content Can Be Added To Posts And Pages?
WordPress lets you easily add and edit the following types of content into both Pages and Posts:
Add Text-Based Content
Add plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text-based content in a variety of fonts and styles to posts and pages …
(Add text-based content to WordPress)
WordPress gives users the option of using either its Visual Editor or a Text Editor (or both) to add text-based content into pages and posts.
Depending on how have configured your settings and plugins, you can also add “meta” text to posts and pages (e.g. titles, keywords and descriptions that let you specify how you want your posts or pages to display in search engine results), create custom excerpts, etc.
Add Media-Based Content
You can add or embed media content into WordPress, such as videos, audio files, animation, images, photos, graphic elements, banners, etc …
(Add media-based content to WordPress)
Many of these scripts let you manage the content that appears on your site remotely. This is useful for managing things like site-wide advertising banners, subscription forms and time-sensitive content (e.g. special pricing), or adding information such as tax rates, feeds, etc …
(Add content to WordPress via externally-managed scripts and applications)
To learn more about adding scripts to WordPress posts and pages, see this tutorial:
Content can also be added to posts and pages by inserting code directly into your file templates. Please note, however, that in order to modify site templates, you will need to have at least a basic understanding of code languages like HTML and PHP.
As you can see, WordPress pages and posts have a number of significant differences, and knowing what these differences are can help you decide when to use one or the other type to publish content about your business.
Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of the differences between Pages and Posts.
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