While creating a WordPress site, most people get confused on whether to choose a post or a page. For a beginner, it is quite difficult to know when to use a post and when to use a page as both seem to be sort of the same thing and many tutorials (i know I’ve been guilty of this) will interchange the terminology when referring to a post (in the “backend” of WordPress) and a page (on your website – which is actually just the same post but viewed “front-end”). By default, there are two ways you can create content within WordPress; either through pages or posts. Therefore, it is imperative to know when to use posts and pages correctly if you wish to make your site user-friendly. Let’s explore differences between the two to help you get started.
Normally, posts are listed on the site’s homepage or posts page in a reverse chronological order. Posts are usually found in the archives, categories and RSS feeds of the WordPress site. By design, recent posts will appear before other posts.
When creating a WordPress post, you have the option of assigning a tag and category to it. Tags and categories make it easier for readers to find the content. Additionally, they help organize your posts. Additionally, readers can comment on your posts. Hence posts encourage conversations.
On the other hand, pages are not usually shown on site listed by date. Pages are static and do not have categories. Ideal examples of WordPress pages are “About” or “Contact” pages. Essentially, pages are timeless because you want your readers to see them anytime they visit your site. Therefore, you should use posts when writing topical content and content that can be updated and changed over time. It is noteworthy that there is no limit to the number of posts you can create
Pages are organised in a hierarchy. Illustratively, you can make a main or parent page, and a subpage. This technical difference does not affect navigation. However, the effect of this option is only visible when you view all the pages in the dashboard and when looking at the URL of a given page. To control how pages appear (within a hierarchy) within the sites navigation, it is often required to update this separately.
You can customise page templates so that pages can be visually different to one another. And its worth noting that content which would not sit well within these two defined post types (Posts & Pages) can have their own unique Post Type created so that whatever content you need to manage can be easily down so from within the WordPress website.
“Is there an SEO advantage associated with posts or pages?” This is a common question regarding the difference between pages and posts. Search engines like organized content. While timelessness is considered to be more important, the latest content is given priority.
Ideally, WordPress posts are for the dynamic/topical content such as news articles and new stories. When you constantly post content, new posts appear at the top of the site. Hence readers access the new material first when they open your site. After some time, the old posts become harder to find as they drop further down the listings.
WordPress pages can be used for static or keystone content. Content that is required by the site but unlikely to change much over time.
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