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 site owners with two content publishing types: Posts and Pages.

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

First, we’ll help you understand the most important differences, and then we’ll show you when to use Posts and Pages on your website.

A Basic Guide To WordPress For Beginners: WordPress Posts vs Pages

WordPress lets you publish content online using either Posts or Pages.

Although your readers and visitors may not really care whether you choose Pages or Posts to publish content on your site, it’s important that you understand the 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.

Posts

What do you think about when you hear the word “blogging”? Most people associate blogs with content related to publishing thoughts and feelings, sharing latest news, and so on.

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

WordPress blog posts can be used to publish all of this content online, but there’s another reason for using WordPress blog posts, and that is covered in more detail in our series on using WordPress to drive more traffic to your business.

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 recently-published entries show above the older posts …

Posts normally display in reverse chronological order, with the latest blog entry showing above earlier posts

(Blog posts normally display in reverse chronological order, with the latest entry displaying above earlier entries)

How WordPress Posts Display

A WordPress Post can be displayed as an entry summary in your front page or the blog section of your site …

Posts displayed as entries on a blog page

(Blog posts displayed as entries on a blog page)

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

Single blog post

(Single post page)

Useful Tip

Learn how to set up a blog page in WordPress here:

To learn how to create a new WordPress Post, see this tutorial:

Sticky Posts

Posts marked as “sticky” display before your other posts …

WP Posts can be featured on your blog

(Posts can be featured on your blog page)

Note: We cover how to make a WordPress post “sticky” in a separate tutorial.

Where Posts Display On Your Web Site

Posts can display throughout various sections of your web site like Archive Pages, Tags, Recent Posts, and in a number of widgets …

Posts display throughout various sections of your web site

(Posts appear throughout various sections of your WordPress site)

Posts automatically appear in your WordPress RSS feed section, making your content easier to syndicate …

WordPress RSS Feed Section

(Posts automatically display in your WordPress RSS feed)

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

Post Commenting Fields

(Commenting Section)

Posts can be grouped according to Categories

Post Category Archive Page

(WordPress Category Archives)

And posts can be grouped by Tags

WP Tags

(WP Post Tags)

Note: To learn more about WordPress Categories, Tags, RSS Feeds, etc. see our other tutorials and articles.

Now that we have explained some of the unique characteristics of Posts, let’s take a look at what makes WordPress Pages and Posts similar.

Similarities Between Posts Vs Pages

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

  • WP pages and posts both share the same features and methods for adding titles using title fields and inserting and formatting content using the WordPress Editor.
  • WordPress pages and posts use theme template files to help maintain a consistent look throughout your website.
  • WP pages and posts both let you use keyword-rich URLs
  • Pages and posts are both seen as indexable content by search engines.
  • Depending on the plugins and theme you have installed, posts and pages give you control over SEO settings like Title, Meta Description, and Meta Keywords.
  • Depending on the plugins and theme you have installed on your website or blog, content from or links to posts and pages can display in your menus and widget areas.

Although pages and posts are very similar in many respects, pages have a number of distinct features that separate them from posts.

Pages

Pages normally are added outside the blog chronology and are mostly used for displaying content that is unlikely to change over time, such as:

  • Company Information
  • Contact Us
  • Services And Products
  • School Terms
  • Earning Disclaimers
  • Terms Of Use
  • Resources Section
  • etc …

WordPress Pages are not listed by date and are not referenced using categories or 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 And Child Pages

For example, you can organize topics in your content into “Parent” pages (where each of your primary content sections gets its own page), and then add nested pages (called “child” pages) for each of your secondary sections …

WP Page Organization

(In WordPress, top-level pages and subpages can also be referred to as “parent” pages and “child” pages)

You can add as many ”nested” pages as you want to keep your content organized into “topic hierarchies”, as shown in the illustration below …

WP Parent And Child Pages

(Organize Your Content Using Parent & Child WordPress Pages)

Pages can also be displayed in the sidebar using the Pages Widget

WP Pages Widgets

(Displaying A List Of Your Pages Using A Pages Widget)

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

As well as displaying pages in sidebars using widgets, many WordPress themes also display pages in menu tabs inside the header and footer sections of the site …

WP Page Navigation

Templates For Pages

Pages can also use different page templates. These page templates can include template files, template tags and other PHP code that allow unique, complex or sophisticated elements to be added to pages.

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

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

For example, here are just some of the different types of sales page templates made available to users of a very popular theme called OptimizePress

OptimizePress page templates

(Sample sales pages from OptimizePress)

At its simplest, Use “pages” for publishing “non-blog” information and “posts” for telling people about your business. In fact, if you deleted all posts from your WordPress website, you would have something that resembles very closely your typical “non-blog” website (i.e. a website comprising only of the standard web pages found in most business websites.)

What Pages Are Not

Another way to understand the important differences between WordPress pages vs posts is to look at what 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 your blog’s main page. Note, however, that you can change this by using certain 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 by referencing tags or categories.
  • Pages are not server files. Unlike traditional websites that are built from a collection of static pages saved as separate files inside your server, WordPress pages are created, managed and stored in your WordPress database (just like Posts).
  • Pages are not included in your website’s RSS feed. Earlier, we explained that posts appear in your WordPress RSS feed section. Pages do not. Note: there are plugins available that will display pages in your site’s RSS feed.
  • Pages (or a specific post) can be set as a fixed “front” page. In separate tutorials, we explain how to set up a page to be the front page of your WordPress site, and show you how to create a separate page for displaying your latest blog post entries (where a list of your most recent blog posts will display in a blog page).

Info

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

WordPress Posts And Pages - When To Use

What Types Of Content Can Be Added To WP Posts Vs Pages?

With WordPress you can easily add and edit the following types of content into both Pages and Posts:

Text

You can add plain, formatted and/or hyperlinked text-based content using different fonts and styles to posts and pages …

Adding Content In WordPress

(Add text-based content to WordPress)

WordPress lets you add text-based content into pages and posts using either the Visual Content Editor, or a Text (HTML) Editor (or both).

Depending on how have configured your settings and plugins, you can also add “meta” text to posts and pages (e.g. titles, descriptions and keywords that let you specify how you want your posts or pages to display in search engine results), create custom excerpts, etc.

Media

You can add or embed media content into your pages and posts, such as videos, audio files, animation, images, photos, graphic elements, banners, etc …

Add Media To WP Posts And Pages

(Add media-based content to WordPress)

Add Scripts

WordPress lets you add scripts to posts and pages using code or applications like Javascript, shortcodes and a range of plugins.

Many applications allow you to manage the content that appears on your site remotely. This is useful for managing site-wide banner ads, subscription forms and time-sensitive content (e.g. pricing), or adding information such as foreign conversion rates, feeds, etc …

Add Scripts To WordPress Posts And Pages

(Add content to WordPress via scripts)

To learn more about inserting scripts into posts and pages, see this tutorial:

Important

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

As you can see, WordPress pages and posts have a significant number of differences, and knowing about these differences can help you decide when to use one or the other type to publish your information about your business.

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

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Originally published as WordPress Posts Vs. WordPress Pages Explained.