WordPress comes with two content types – posts and pages, and it’s quite common for beginners get confused about when it’s best to use posts vs pages. For a point of reference, this article is a post.
When you begin using WordPress, you are likely to wonder what the difference between them is? They seems to have similar fields in the dashboard. They both seems to look the same on your website. Why do I need both? When should I use posts? When should I use pages?
In this article, we will help you to understand the difference between posts vs. pages.
If you are using WordPress as a blog, then you will likely end up using posts for the majority of your site’s content. Posts are content entries listed in reverse chronological order, sometimes on your blog’s home page and sometimes elsewhere.
Because your posts are in reverse chronological order, they are meant to be timely. As time goes on, older posts are automatically archived based on month and year. As the post gets older, the deeper the user has to dig into your website to find it. You can organize your posts based on categories and tags.
Because WordPress posts are published by time and date, 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 MailChimp. You can create a daily and weekly newsletter for your audience to subscribe to. The very timely nature of posts make them extremely social.
You can even use a free social sharing service, like TwitterFeed to automatically re-publish your posts to Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Another way to socially integrate you site is to us a plugin to allow your users to share your posts in social media networks like Twitter,Facebook, Google+ etc.
Posts encourage conversation. They have a built-in commenting feature that allows users to comment on a particular topic. You can log into your dashboard and select Settings -> Discussion to turn comments on or off completely, or just for older posts.
Unlike posts, pages are hierarchical by nature. This makes them very useful for your website navigation menus and sub-menus . To add a page to your menu, navigate to Appearance -> Menus in your dashboard.
You can see how the indented pages will become sub-menus.
Posts vs. Pages (Key Differences)
There are exceptions to this list as some plugins extend the functionality of both content types. Below is the list of default key differences.
- Posts are timely vs. Pages are timeless.
- Posts are social vs. Pages are NOT.
- Posts can be categorized vs. Pages are hierarchical.
- Posts are included in RSS feed vs. Pages are not.
You can have as many posts and/or pages as you like. There are no limits to the number of posts or pages that you can create.