WordPress Posts and WordPress Pages seem almost the same for any onlooker or even WordPress users, especially WordPress beginners. This is, however,only from a layman’s understanding. Posts and Pages on WordPress have distinct unique features of their own and differ from one another in many ways. Let’s see why pages and posts are different.
WordPress Posts are the non-static, chronologically assorted content entries of your blog/website that are present in your home page or in one of your pages that you have previously set using, ‘Reading Settings.’ In the most simple words, posts are what create the pieces of content in your website or your blog. Your posts are sorted according to their date published. So the posts published earlier will fall lower in the list, and the latest posts will be visible at the top. As you can see below, posts can be arranged and organized on the basis of categories and tags, which also help your website’s audience navigate their way through the content they are looking for. You can even add comments in your posts to get feedbacks and/or suggestions from your audience, let your visitors share their views and increase engagement of your visitors in your site. But, you can not create a heirarchy system or parent-child relationship between your posts, meaning you can create sub-pages within a page (but they won’t be time-based). Pretty much always, break points are available in all your posts.
Unlike Posts, Pages are the static aspects of your website or blog like “About”, “Home”, “Contact Us”. The content of your pages are timeless and do not expire after a certain period of time. Pages are not organized according to categories and tags, and are not even chronologically listed. Pages do not allow comments to be added like posts do, and you can create a hierarchy system in your WordPress pages. While posts appear in your RSS feed, pages don’t. You also don’t have break points in your pages.
Posts Vs. Pages – Where to use which one ?
- Posts are useful when you need your content to be organized chronologically or as time based. Pages are useful when you need to generate contents that does not require constant changes.
- Posts can be your major content type if you are creating a blog or an online new magazine and stuffs. Pages can be your major content type if your website is for an organization or to advertise services.
- You can use posts for frequently changing, time sensitive content. And pages are used when you don’t want to make frequent big changes in the content time to time, also if the content need not be time based.
Post and Pages have their own importance and distinct features. Both of these play their specific sets of roles in making WordPress a complete content management system. However, based on the nature and scope of your WordPress website, you have to decide where you want to focus more – on pages or on posts. This especially becomes important if you are a beginner. After reading this article we hope that we could solve your confusion between posts and pages in WordPress, and helped you decide where you want to focus more. If you have any questions or suggestions for us, please let us know in the comment section below.