WordPress Posts vs. Pages

Pages or Posts: Which Should You Choose?

WordPress content is organized into two types: pages and posts. In this article, we will explore the differences between pages and posts and give you some guidelines to help you choose between them.

Posts are used for articles and blog posts.¬†When you write a new article, you should use a post. In the default setup of WordPress, posts will show in reverse chronological order (the newest post moves to the top, while older entries move down). Posts can be organized into categories, they can be tagged with keywords, and they are archived in the archive section. Posts can have comment fields below them and are included in your site’s RSS feed. RSS feeds automatically feed new content to your subscribers as you publish posts.

Pages, on the other hand, are used for the content of your site that remains the same such as Contact Us, About Us, Privacy, Terms, etc. Pages do not use categories and tags, they do not have comments fields, and pages are not included in your site’s RSS feed. Pages can be organized into top-level pages and subpages (pages with a parent page). Subpages will reside in a common directory named after the parent page (http://mysite.com/parentpagename/pagename).

In addition to stand-alone pages like Contact Us and Terms, pages are often used as “containers” for posts. For example, you can have an archive page that shows all of your posts. You can have a “blog” page that lists your posts newest posts on top as you publish them. Your homepage can also be a WordPress page that lists your latest posts as you publish them (you can also designate a post to be your homepage).

While you can always customize everything in WordPress, typically you will keep one format for posts. Pages usually have a number of templates to choose from. Page templates can be easily changed by selecting one from the template drop-down. The default template would be used for a static page, a blog template is really a container page that lists posts as you publish them, and an archive page shows links to posts by date or by author.

In general, use posts for all of the articles and blog entries you publish and use pages for anything you publish that is meant to reside in a permanent location on your site.

Comments

  1. Sally M. says:

    I wish I read this before I started my site. I created about 15 pages until I realized there was no comments section at the bottom. Had to change them all to posts…. ARRRRR!!!

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