By default, WordPress comes with two different ways to create content – posts and pages. It’s very important for WordPress users to create content using posts and pages in WordPress to get the better SEO. But often WordPress beginners get confused on posts vs pages in WordPress and which content type need to use on their WordPress website. To help you understand when you should use posts and when you should use pages, I’m going to differentiate between Posts vs Pages in WordPress. Let’s start.
Posts in WordPress:
Posts are displayed in reverse chronological order on the website homepage or blog page. Due to the reverse chronological order, a most recent post appears first. Older posts are archived based on month and year. WordPress posts have official publish date and author. Posts are content entries and you should use posts to write a blog post on your website.
When you create a WordPress post, you can assign categories and tags for the post. It helps to organize your posts easily and make easier for your readers to find the posts what they are looking for. You can easily style your content depending on the post type using post formats option like “Photo”, “Video”, “Gallery”, “Link” etc. You can choose “Standard” if you prefer a standard layout.
Posts are displayed in the RSS Feed of your blog. RSS feed is a stream of your posts and updated when new content is published on your blog. This allows a reader to notify when a new post is published to a feed. Posts have a built-in commenting feature which allows users to comment on any posts. You can use social sharing plugins to allow users to share your post on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Google + etc.
Pages in WordPress:
Pages are timeless content. They don’t have a published date and author. Pages meant to be static means information updated on the page doesn’t change often. Pages are hierarchical in nature. You can add subpages to your pages. This helps to group related pages together. Pages are meant for permanent information like “About”, “Contact” and “Disclaimer” pages.
You cannot assign categories and tags for the pages unless you use plugin or code to add categories and tags for WordPress pages. You cannot style your content using post formats but use page templates. This allows developers to customize the look for pages like “Archive” and “Landing pages”.
Pages are not displayed in the RSS Feed of your blog. Pages are not meant for conversation and social. In most of the cases, pages not include comments and social sharing buttons.
Posts vs Pages in WordPress:
|Displayed in reverse chronological order||Hierarchical in nature|
|Have official publish date and author||Doesn’t have official publish date and author|
|Used to write blog posts||Meant for permanent information like “About” page|
|Can assign categories and tags||You cannot assign categories and tags|
|Can use post formats||Can use page templates|
|Posts are displayed in the RSS Feed||Pages are not displayed in the RSS Feed|
|Allows users to comment||Doesn’t have built in commenting feature|
|Allows users to share on social media||You can add social media buttons by changing sharing settings in your WordPress dashboard.|
If you are completely new to WordPress, this article helped you to know the difference between posts and pages.
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