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WordPress Posts Vs. WordPress Pages Explained

If you want an easy tool to manage your content online, then you really should consider building your website with WordPress.

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

In this article, you will learn about the significant differences between Posts and Pages and which type to use when publishing content to your website.

First, we’ll help you understand the main differences, and then we’ll focus on a number of ways to use Posts and Pages on your WordPress web site.

An Introduction To Pages And Posts

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

Although your blog readers and site visitors may not really care whether you choose to publish content using Posts or Pages, it’s important that you understand the differences between these two types, so you can choose whichever one you feel is the most appropriate type whenever you have information to publish online.

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

WP Posts

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

Normal “blog” entries are typically published using posts. We refer to these as “blog posts.”

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

To learn more about this series, go here:

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

(Posts typically display in reverse chronological order, with the latest blog post showing above older posts)

How WordPress Posts Display On Your Site

Posts can be displayed as entry summaries on the site’s home page or the blog page …

(Blog posts displayed as entry summaries on a blog page)

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

(Single post page)

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

Learn how to create a new Post in WordPress here:

Sticky Posts

”Sticky” WP Posts display before your other blog entries …

(WordPress Posts can be featured on your blog)

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

Where WordPress Posts Show Up On Your Web Site

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

(Posts appear throughout various sections of your WordPress site)

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

(Posts automatically display in your RSS feed)

A post can display a comments section below the main content area, allowing visitors to add questions and comments …

(WordPress Comments Fields)

You can organize posts using Categories

(WP Category Archive Page)

Posts can also be grouped using Post Tags

(WordPress Post Tags)

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

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

Similarities Between Pages Vs Posts

WordPress pages and posts share a number of things in common:

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

WP Pages

Pages normally live outside of the blog chronology and are mostly used for showcasing content that is not as time-sensitive as Posts, such as:

WordPress Pages are not listed by date and do not use categories and tags.

Pages can be used, however, to help you organize and manage your content hierarchically.

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

Parent & Child WordPress Pages

For example, you can organize your main content topics into “Parent” pages (where you assign each of your main information topics its own page), and then add subpages for each of your secondary sections into “child” pages …

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

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

(Organize Your Content Using Parent & Child Pages)

Pages can also be displayed in the sidebar of your website using the Pages Widget

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

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

As well as displaying pages through sidebar widgets, many themes also display pages in menus within the header and footer sections of the site …

WordPress Page Templates

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

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

For example, here are just some of the various sales page templates made available by a popular theme for marketers called OptimizePress

(OptimizePress templates)

In its simplest form, Use “pages” for publishing ”non-blogging” information and “posts” for telling people about your business. In fact, if you removed every post from your site, you would have something that looks very much like a typical “non-blog” website (i.e. a website comprising of the standard web pages found in most business websites.)

What WordPress Pages Are Not

Another way to understand the main differences between WordPress posts and pages is to look at what WP pages are not:

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 rather than pages.

What Types Of Content Can You Add To WordPress Posts Vs Pages?

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

Text-Based Content

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

(Add text to WordPress)

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

Depending on how you configure your site’s 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 appear in search engine results), create custom excerpts, etc.

Media

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

(Add media to WordPress)

Add Scripts And Applications

With WordPress, you can add scripts to posts and pages using code or applications like Javascript, shortcodes and various plugins.

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

(Add content to WordPress via scripts and applications)

To learn more about adding scripts to WordPress pages and posts, 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 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 about these differences can help you choose which type to use to publish information about your business.

Hopefully, this post has given you a better understanding of the differences between Pages and Posts.

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"Wow! I never knew there's so much to learn about WordPress! I bought one of the WordPress for Dummies three years ago, such authors need to be on this course!" - Rich Law, Create A Blog Now

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