WordPress Posts Vs. WordPress Pages Explained

Learn about the main differences between WordPress posts and WordPress pages and when to use posts or pages to publish your content online.

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WordPress provides website owners with two content publishing types: Posts and Pages.

In this article, you are going to learn about the main differences between Posts and WordPress Pages and which type you should use when publishing content to your site.

First, we’ll explain the main differences, and then we’ll focus on when to use Pages and Posts on your site.

What Are Pages And Posts?

With WordPress, you can publish content online using either a Post or a Page.

Although your readers or site visitors may not care whether you choose Posts or Pages to display your content, it’s important that you understand the differences between these two types, so you can know when to use one or the other whenever you have information to publish online.

Let’s have a look, then, at these differences, starting with WordPress Posts.

WordPress Posts

What do you think about when you hear the word “blog”? Most people associate blogging with content related to documenting opinions, sharing latest news and updates, and so on.

When writing content for a blog, you would normally use a post. We refer to these as “blog posts.”

Posts can be used to publish all of this content online, but there is another reason for using WordPress blog posts, and that is discussed in detail in our WordPress Traffic Blueprint articles.

To learn more about this article series, go here:

By default, Posts are entries listed by date and typically displayed in reverse chronological order on your home page, so that your most recent entries show above the older posts …

Blog posts typically display in reverse chronological order, with the latest blog entry at the top

(Posts normally display in reverse chronological order, with the latest blog post showing above earlier content)

How WordPress Posts Display On Your Site

Posts can be displayed as a list of entries on the site’s front page or the blog page …

Posts displayed as entry summaries on a blog page

(Blog posts displayed as entries on a blog page)

And also as a complete post on a theme’s single post template …

Single blog post page

(Single blog post)

Tip

To learn how to create a blog page in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial:

To learn how to create a WordPress Post, see this step-by-step tutorial:

Sticky WP Posts

”Sticky” Posts display before your other posts …

Posts can be featured on your blog

(Posts can be featured on your blog)

Note: How to make a WordPress post “sticky” is covered in more detail in a separate tutorial.

Where WP Posts Display On Your Web Site

Posts can display throughout different sections of your site like Archive Pages, Categories, Recent Posts, and on several widgets …

Posts display throughout various sections of your web site

(Posts display throughout different sections of your site)

Posts also display in your RSS feed, making your content easier to syndicate …

WP RSS

(Posts automatically appear in your WordPress RSS feed)

Posts can display a comments section below the main content area, allowing blog readers to engage with your content …

WordPress Comments

(Commenting Area)

Posts can be organized according to Post Categories

WordPress Category Archives

(WordPress Post Category Archive Page)

And posts can be grouped using Tags

WP Tags

(WordPress Tags)

Note: We explain WordPress Categories, Tags, RSS Feeds, etc. in more detail in other articles.

Now that we have seen some of the unique characteristics of Posts, let’s take a look at the similarities between WordPress Pages and Posts.

Pages And Posts – Similarities

Here are some of the main similarities between posts and pages:

  • WordPress pages and posts share the same functions and methods for adding post/page titles using title fields and composing and formatting content using the WordPress Visual/Text Editor.
  • WP posts and pages use theme template files to keep the look of your website or blog consistent.
  • Pages and posts allow you to use search engine friendly URLs
  • WP pages and posts are viewed as indexable content by search engines.
  • Depending on the plugins and theme you have installed, pages and posts both give you control over settings like Title, Meta Description, and Meta Keywords.
  • Depending on the theme and plugins you have installed, content from or links to WordPress pages and posts can display in your widgets and menus.

Although pages and posts have many similarities, pages have a number of distinct features that separate them from posts.

WP Pages

Pages normally are found outside of the blog chronology and are mostly used to display information to visitors that is unlikely to less likely to require constant updating, such as:

  • About Us
  • Contact Us Page
  • Products And Services
  • School Terms
  • Copyright
  • Terms Of Use
  • Site Map
  • etc …

WordPress Pages are not listed by date and aren’t organized using categories and tags.

Pages can be used, however, to keep your site content organized hierarchically.

Go here to learn how to create a new WordPress page:

Parent & Child Pages

For example, you can organize top-level topics into “Parent” pages (where each of your main content topics gets its own page), and then add nested pages for each of your secondary topics into “child” pages …

WP Page Organization

(In WordPress, main pages and nested pages are referred to as “parent” pages and “child” pages)

You can add as many subpages as you require to organize your content into “topic hierarchies”, as shown in the diagram below …

WordPress Page Organization

(Organize Your Pages Using Parent & Child Pages)

Pages can be displayed in the sidebar of your site using the Pages Widget

WP Page Widgets

(Display A List Of Your Pages With A Pages Widget)

In the above example, a “Pages Widget” is used to display links to five parent pages and three subpages.

In addition to displaying pages through sidebar widgets, most WordPress themes also display pages in menu areas in the header and footer sections of the website …

WP Page Navigation

Templates For WP Pages

Pages can also use different templates. Page templates normally include template files, template tags and other PHP code that allow unique, complex or sophisticated features to be added to a page.

This is useful for creating different styles of pages, such as:

  • Sales Pages
  • Opt-In Pages
  • Video Pages
  • Membership Pages
  • etc.

For example, below are just some of the various kinds of sales page templates made available to users of a very popular theme called OptimizePress

OptimizePress templates

(Sample templates from OptimizePress)

At its simplest, “pages” should be used for ”non-blogging” content and “posts” for telling people about your business. In fact, if you deleted every post from your site, you should end up with something that looks very much like a traditional website structure (i.e. a site comprising only of the usual web pages found in most business websites.)

What Pages Are Not

Another way to understand the main differences between posts and pages is to look at what WordPress 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 some defaults can be changed through the use of certain plugins or customizations.
  • Pages cannot be associated with categories and cannot be assigned tags. This means that pages can only be organized according to a hierarchy where you specify and arrange the order of parent pages and child pages, not by referencing tags or categories.
  • Pages are not server files. Unlike traditional websites that are built from a collection of static pages saved as individual files inside your web server, WordPress pages are created, managed and stored in your database (just like Posts).
  • Pages are not included in your website’s RSS feed. Earlier, we explained that posts automatically appear in your WordPress RSS feed section. Pages do not. Note: there are WordPress plugins available that will add your pages to your site’s RSS feed.
  • Pages (or even a specific post) can be set as the “front” page. In separate tutorials, we explain how to specify a page to be the main page of your site, and show you how to create a separate page to display your latest blog posts (where a list of your latest blog post entries display in a separate blog page).

Info

Because posts and post content can be referenced from different sections of your WordPress site (e.g. archives, searches, tags, categories, RSS feeds, custom menus, etc.) than content published using pages, many SEO experts recommend publishing content designed to attract more visitors from search engines using posts instead of pages.

When To Use WP Pages And Posts

What Type Of Content Can You Add To WP Posts Vs Pages?

WordPress lets you easily add and edit the following types of content into Pages and Posts:

Add Text-Based Content

You can add plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text in a variety of fonts and styles to posts and pages …

Add Content In Posts And Pages

(Add text to WordPress)

WordPress lets you use either the Visual Content Editor or a Text Editor (or both) to add content as text to pages and posts.

Depending on how you configure your site’s settings and plugins, you can also add SEO information to posts and pages (e.g. titles, keywords and descriptions that let you specify how you want your posts or pages to appear in search results), create custom excerpts, etc.

Media

You can add or embed media content into WordPress, such as videos, audio files, animation, images, photos, logos, banners, etc …

Add Media To Pages And Posts

(Add media to WordPress)

Scripts

With WordPress, you can insert scripts into pages and posts with code or applications like Javascript, shortcodes and plugins.

Many of these scripts let you manage your content remotely. This is useful for managing site-wide advertising banners, subscription forms and time-sensitive content (e.g. pricing), or adding information such as tax calculators, feeds, etc …

Add Forms In Pages And Posts

(Add content to WordPress via scripts and applications)

To learn more about adding scripts to posts and pages, see this tutorial:

Useful Info

Content can also be added to posts and pages by inserting code directly into your file templates. Please note, however, that in order to add and edit file templates, you will need to have at least a basic understanding of code languages like HTML and PHP.

As you can see, WordPress posts and pages 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 information about your business.

Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of the differences between Posts and Pages.

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Originally published as WordPress Posts Vs. WordPress Pages Explained.