If you are new WordPress and are confused between page vs. post in WordPress.
While adding content to your WordPress website/blog you can’t decide if you should create a post or a page? Want to know when to create a page and when to create a post?
They look the same in the WordPress Dashboard!
This Post will explain in detail the difference between Page vs.Post in WordPress.
To begin with, You must know that WordPress has two basic ways through which you can add content to your website or blog.
- WordPress Post
- WordPress Pages
Both of these options can be seen in the Dashboard navigation bar. Both of them have a few things in common between them but their purpose and use make them are quite different in nature.
What is a post in WordPress?
WordPress Posts are dynamic time-sensitive entries. Displayed in reverse chronological order in your blog section.
Which basically mean that the most recent post appears on the top as the older ones are pushed down.
You can relate WordPress posts with the posts you do on Facebook. Each post most probably has a different topic. And whenever you post something new the older posts are pushed down (reverse chronological order).
You will also notice the date of the post on the top of the page.
Most of the content you publish on your website would be in form of a post. If you are writing about a lets say
- News or events
- Opinion writing
- Demonstrative/ how-to content
Basically, if you want to publish anything about your niche, you should create its post.
Posts can be organized into tags and categories.
For example, if you have a website about cars, you can categorize different posts you write into different brands of cars.
And give them tags such as seats, engines, or even tires. This would tell the users what they post is about.
Posts are very social in nature for two reasons
- They encourage conversation
- They allow social sharing
If you wish you can leave a commenting or discussion section at the end of your post, where your viewers can share their thoughts which creates a more engaging user experience.
You can also add social share buttons on the post, which allows views to share the posts that they like on different social media platforms. This boosts your websites/blogs organic traffic, improve your ranking on search engines
Post are syndicated through the RSS feed, which means you can notify your users when ever you publish new content.
What is a page in WordPress?
As you can see there is no published date mentioned on our about page.
Neither will find any tag, category or author assigned to this page because pages don’t have any.
The thing about pages is that as they are timeless, they don’t expire and static evergreen content goes on them.
|Have author details||Do not have author|
|Custom format||Custom templates|
|Categorized & Tagged||Parent & child pages|
|Can be synced with RSS feed||RSS feed not available|
|Can add commenting section||Can not add commenting section|
|Are social||Not social|
Few answers to Post Vs. Page in WordPress questions:
Is there any SEO advantages for one or the other?
Pages and Posts do have some SEO advantages. But it’s not something that you need to concern yourself with at beginner level.
How Many Posts and/or Pages Can I Have?
You can have as many pages and posts as you see fit for your website. It would be wise to make sure you only create pages that you need and properly structure them. Whereas you can add many posts as you please.
Can I switch posts to pages and vice versa?
WordPress yet does not have a switch a page to post (or vice verse) option by default. You can follow either of the two courses of action. When faced with this task you can either follow the old school copy- paste and then delete method or install a plugin that does this for you.
Both pages vs. Posts in WordPress have their own significance and purpose.
To sum it all up in one-liner, all your static evergreen content would go on a page whereas your dynamic topic and time-sensitive content would be go on a post.
Hopefully, this post has helped you in understanding the difference between the two.
There are certain pages that you need to add on your website but most of your content would be added through posts.
Once you understand the difference between the two you should be able to decide if the content is post or page worthy.