Understand The Difference Between WordPress Posts And Pages

The Difference Between WordPress Posts And Pages

About This Lesson

With WordPress, there are two different ways you can create content for your website.

Posts and pages.

Creating content in posts and pages is similar, but the reason why you use them is very different.

In this lesson I’ll cover,

  1. What posts are
  2. What pages are
  3. When you should use posts or pages

In future lessons, I’ll go into much more detail about posts and pages, and show you how to use each.

Prerequisites

Before beginning to create your content, I recommend that you go through the WordPress settings and setup WordPress to your specific needs.

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What Are Posts?

Put simply, WordPress posts are individual articles that make up a blog.

Every time you create a new post, it automatically gets put into your blog. Inserting the new post at the top and moving all the other posts down the blog.

You can see in the image below from the Nerd Fitness blog, I’ve highlighted three blog posts. When they release a new post, it automatically gets put at the top of this blog and all the other posts will move down the blog.

Nerd Fitness Blog

This means when you create posts, not only will the content have its own address on your website, but it will be included within a blog.

You can then use your blog as a news section for your website, where you can deliver important updates, timely information, talking points, thoughts, ideas, or whatever you want.

(Throughout this example I’m going to call it a blog, but posts can be used to create a blog, or a latest news section, or latest articles, or latest deals, whatever you want this to be.)

The advantages with posts,

  1. You can use them to display content in a blog or latest news style, i.e. newest posts first, oldest posts last
  2. People have the option of subscribing to your blog. Meaning anytime you publish a new post, they’ll be alerted
  3. You can organize your posts into categories or tags, which your visitors can go through. So for instance, you could have a category on your site for “Exercises for men” and another for “Exercises for women”. Your visitors can then go through the category that’s most relevant to them and see related posts.
  4. Posts also usually have comments at the bottom. (Although you can turn this off if you want). Comments allow your readers to interact with you, add their thoughts or ask any questions they have about the post

Check out my blog for an example of posts.

What Are Pages?

Pages exist outside of a blog. They are independent, standalone pieces of content.

If you want to create a piece of content that you don’t want to appear in your blog, you’d create a page.

If you want, you can use standalone pages to create all the content for your website and not have a blog at all.

For examples of pages, look at some of the pages on this site, such as my how to create a website page, or my tools of the trade page, or even the page you’re on now, as this is a standalone piece of content and doesn’t show up in my blog.

Should I Use Posts Or Pages?

It depends on the purpose of the content you’re creating.

Most people use both. For instance on this site I use both.

I have a section on my site where I have a blog. I use posts for my latest news, tips, tutorials, case studies etc. People can then subscribe to my latest blog posts and every time I create a new post, they’ll be alerted. They can also scroll through my blog and see other posts that I’ve created.

I also use standalone pages, such as my how to create a website page or tools of the trade page.

If you want to have the content displayed within your blog, then use a post.

If you want to have the content as a “standalone” piece of content, then use a page.

Next Steps

Now you know the differences between posts and pages, the next step in creating your website and using WordPress, is to learn exactly how to use WordPress posts and WordPress pages to create your content.