WordPress Pages Vs Posts

WordPress - Used on over 27% of the worlds websites.

WordPress – Used on over 27% of the worlds websites.

Often WordPress beginners get confused between their websites PAGES and POSTS.  WordPress comes by default with two different content types, Pages and Posts.  They both look the same in field layouts when you are populating them (almost the same), and they look the same when viewed on your website.

However, they are very much different.  When working to build your website for your at home business you need to know the difference.  Understanding how they work allows you to organize your page content for better user experience and better SEO.

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WordPress – Understanding The Differences Between Pages And Posts

Pages

Pages on your WordPress website are intended to be static and “one off” type content.  Examples would be your ‘about’, ‘privacy policy’, any ‘legal disclaimers’, and of course pages that you want to high-lite specific non changing, or rarely changing site content.

Pages are intended to be timeless, meaning they do not expire and they do not display with dates when published.  You can certainly go back and make updates to them, but chances are they will remain mostly the same from year to year.

There are no times or dates tied to pages, and they are not necessarily meant to be posted for commenting.  That has been changing over the years with some web masters who like conversations to take place under their pages, with the usual exceptions of certain pages (about, contact, disclaimers, privacy policy).

Pages are hierarchical in nature, meaning they can have sub-pages within a page.  This type of feature can be used to organize and tie pages of similar content together.

Since pages are timeless and don’t have dates, they can be organized and displayed in whatever order you desire.  They can be arranged alphabetically, or by a number that you can assign them.

Posts

A screenshot from this page showing category and tag fields.

A screenshot from this page showing category and tag fields from this posts back page.

If you are using WordPress as a blog and writing updated content, posts will end up being what you use.  Posts are content entries that get listed in reverse chronological order.  All posts are timely and archived by the date they are published.  Because they get posted in chronological reverse order, older posts get pushed deeper and deeper back in the posting timeline and the further a user will need to go to find them.

Posts can be organized with ‘categories’ and ‘tags’.  Think of categories as a book’s table of context, and the tags as a book’s index.  You want to make sure you use your post’s categories and tags correctly for good SEO.  Another post will address the using of categories and tags, but you can also find answers to a great many questions at Yoast.

Posts are used to encourage conversations between readers and the website owner.  They automatically have a built in feature that allows users to add comments.  You can turn the comment settings off and in in your Setting >> Discussion tab, or even on your post’s back page when typing it in.

Conclusion

When I build a WordPress website I pick an overall theme for the web page.  Aside from the usual pages (about, contact, privacy policy…), I create two to four pages that support the overall theme of the website.  The posts that I create support the content on the pages.  The category I set the for the post link it towards a particular page that it is intended to support.  The tag breaks down the post in a short piece of info to give it a finer clarification.

Google, Bing, and Yahoo like content on web pages to be well organized.  Understanding how the information and content on your web page works is an important factor in good SEO.  Pay attention to how your pages are written, and how the content in your posts supports your pages.

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I try to keep my explanations as simple as possible, but if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below.

Thanks for reading!

TD Bauer

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