WordPress Posts vs. Pages

Hello and welcome to another video is our WordPress series. I’m going to quickly explain the difference between posts and pages in WordPress. Often times, WordPress beginners get confused between posts and pages. By default, WordPress comes with two content types, posts and pages.

As a beginner, you are probably wondering, “What is the difference between them?” They seem to have similar fields in the dashboard. They seem to look the same on the website. Why do I need both? When should I use posts? When should I use pages? In this article, we will explain the difference between posts vs. pages in WordPress.

Posts

If you are using WordPress as a blog, then you will end up using posts for majority of your site’s content. Posts are content entries listed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s home page. Due to their reverse chronological order, your posts are meant to be timely. Older posts are archived based on month and year. As the post gets older, the deeper the user has to dig to find it. You have the option to organize your posts based on categories and tags.

Because WordPress posts are published with time and date in mind, they are syndicated through the RSS feeds. This allows your readers to be notified of the most recent post update via RSS feeds. Bloggers can use the RSS feeds to deliver email broadcasts through services like Aweber or MailChimp.

You can create a daily and weekly newsletter for your audience to subscribe to. The very timely nature of posts makes it extremely social. You can use one of the many social sharing plugins to allow your users to share your posts in social media networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.

Posts encourage conversation. They have a built-in commenting feature that allows users to comment on a particular topic.

Pages

Pages are meant to be static “one-off” type content such as your about page, privacy policy, legal disclaimers, etc. While the WordPress database stores the published date of the page, pages are timeless entities.

For example, your about page is not suppose to expire. Sure you can go back and make updates to it, but chances are you will not have about page 2012, about page 2013, etc.

Because there are no time and date attributes associated with pages, they are not included in your RSS feeds by default.

You can have sub-pages within a page. This feature allows you to organize your pages together, and even assign a custom template to them.

Key differences between posts and pages

  • Posts are timely vs. Pages are timeless.
  • Posts are social vs. Pages generally aren’t.
  • Posts can be categorized vs. Pages are hierarchical.
  • Posts are included in RSS feed vs. Pages are not.

A frequently asked question is “Are there any SEO advantages to one or the other?”

Search engines like content to be organized. Timeless content is considered to be more important, however there is a lot of priority given to latest timely content. In short, there may be a difference, but as a beginner you do not need to worry about it. For now, simply focus on making your site organized for the user.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a whole topic in itself and we have a great video for you if you’d like to learn all about it!

You’re going to love the rest of this video series where we really dive in to getting the most out of your WordPress site with more plugins & WordPress tricks.

This will help you really connect with your visitors!

I hope you enjoyed this video and if you did please give it a quick like and share it with your friends, thank you and see you in the next video!


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