When do you use WordPress pages vs. posts? This is a popular question and we’ll explain the important difference.
If you are a beginner with WordPress and just setting up your site, you might be a little confused about the content structure in the dashboard.
Out of the box, WordPress comes with two content types – pages and posts. From first glance, these are one-in-the-same but as you’ll see they certainly have their differences.
What Are WordPress Posts?
WordPress Posts are content entries listed in reverse chronological order so your most recent published post will appear at the top.
If your homepage page is setup to show only posts (not static content) then you’ll have a series of entries listed with the first (top) one having the most recent published date. Or, similar structure if you have an archive/category page in your menu.
For example, the digital marketing category on this site is a collection of blog posts. You’ll notice the most recent entry is at the top.
Typically “posts” can also be called “blog entries” and can be organized more dynamically with categories and tags.
Additionally, posts welcome communication and interactivity between author and reader. They are essentially public diary entries about a specific topic.
WordPress has a commenting system built into its platform that allows readers to comment and authors/readers to reply back or add a new comment themselves.
What Are WordPress Pages?
Pages are intended to be more of static content, those one-off types of content like an about and contact page. Pages do have a published date associated with them (through the dashboard) but are really timeless pieces of content and aren’t listed in any type of chronological order.
Typically, pages do not have Categories or Tags associated with them as many times there is no need categorize them.
Unlike posts, pages can have a variety of page templates used in a single theme. For example, an about page will use the default page but if you want to display your photos in a single page it will most likely have a different portfolio template.
What Are the Differences Between Posts and Pages?
Like we mentioned earlier, posts and pages look very similar when you first dig into your WordPress dashboard.
Although aesthetically they look similar, their functions and setup have its differences. The following is a list of differences between the default content types.
- Posts are dynamic; Pages are static
- Posts are timely; Pages are timeless
- Posts have one template; Pages can have multiple templates
- Posts are listed in reverse chronological order; Pages are not ordered
- Posts leverages Categories and Tags; Pages do not
Your blog entries – like this one – will be created as WordPress posts.
Pages such as an about page, contact page or resource page are developed as WordPress pages.
If your site is content-centric then you will continue to build out your posts but will most likely sprinkle in some one-off pages.
As you’ve probably learned, WordPress makes it easy for users to understand and create content in a simple, organized manner!