If you are new to WordPress one of the biggest questions you may be asking yourself is “What is the difference between a ‘Page' and a ‘Post'?”. This was definitely the case for me when I first started working in WordPress. With a little research I learned the difference and just how important it is to know what each is best suited for.
Pages are organized according to a hierarchical framework. This means that Pages are organized like families. A Page can have children, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and so on. Just like a family's biological relationship is in its very DNA and can't change, the same goes for a Page’s relationships with the other Pages on your site.
Another important aspect about Pages is that each Page can be designated a custom template. As a result the look and content of Pages can vary greatly from Page to Page within the same website.
In most cases, Pages are not designed or intended to be social. They are generally not shared on social media and as a result don’t usually include any sort of social sharing buttons. Additionally, most of the time Pages do not allow readers to comment on them.
Now let’s have a look at Posts. Unlike Pages, Posts are dynamic. This means that they are associated with and archived based on a specific date and time based on when they were create. Posts are usually displayed on your website’s homepage in reverse chronological order.
As a result, Posts tend to “move around” your website based on when they were created. For example, as I continue to add more and more Posts to this website this Post will move further and further down my homepage. Eventually, it will not even be shown on my homepage at all and a visitor will have dig a little deeper to find it.
Posts are organized based on tags they are given and the categories they are associated with. For example, two Posts can be in different categories but share a common tag. Or two Posts can be in the same category and not have any tags in common.
Posts are also designed to be very social. It is easy to share Posts across all social platforms because there are often widgets and share buttons integrated directly into the Posts themselves. Also, every Post you create is syndicated through the RSS feeds so visitors can be notified by their RSS feeds whenever you create a new Post. In addition, readers are usually encouraged to leave comments on and discuss the Post.
Pages vs Posts
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There you have it! Remember that Pages are generally for content that will rarely change and isn't intended to be shared. Posts are generally for content that is active and changing and is intended to be shared. Also, keep in mind that everything mentioned in this article is just a guideline as there are many different widgets and code snippets that you can utilize to enhance nearly every aspect of Pages and Posts.
Here are some additional posts you may be interested in:
- What Are WordPress Categories? – How You Can Use Them To Group And Organize Your Posts
- 10 Characteristics Of A Great WordPress Blog Theme
- How To Manually Add New Users To Your WordPress Website In 8 Simple Steps
I hope this post helped you clear up the difference between Pages and Posts. If you have any further comments or questions please drop them below. If you would like to know how I got started with web design head over to my About Me page to read my story.