Yes, we’re going to get to writing a post soon. Very soon. Really. We are!
But first one more thing: What is the difference between a page and a post in WordPress?
It’s a question that wouldn’t have occurred to me to enter in this series of tutorials, except that I had a client who I needed to go over this with in detail. It’s one of those things that, having used WordPress for a long time, I take for granted.
What is the difference between a post and a page in WordPress?
What is the difference between a page and a post? When would I want to use one and not the other? What did I tell my client?
In a nutshell, I told him that a page was, in general, a more static document used for informational purposes and not displayed in chronological order while posts were generally date-based documents, shown chronologically by default, and were what made up the “articles” in your blog section.
What do posts and pages have in common?
The difference can be confusing to some new WordPress users because pages and posts have a lot in common:
- They both use the same WordPress editor — Gutenberg unless you’ve disabled it instead of the classic editor. But then they’ll both use that.
- They both can have a featured image.
- They both can have an excerpt.
- They can both be configured to show the sidebar (or not.)
- You can configure both the same way for search engine results if you have an SEO plugin such as Yoast enabled.
What is unique about a post in WordPress?
If you think of your WordPress website as a magazine, the posts are the articles. This is where Zip will be putting all that great, juicy, content about sloths on slothverse.com that he just knows everyone will want to read.
- Use categories and tags to make your content more organized and browsable.
- May use post formats which offer different display templates for different types of posts.
- Are displayed, by default, in chronological order unless you do something to display them differently.
- Show metadata such as the author, categories, tags, and dates.
- Show in your website’s RSS feeds.
What is unique about a page in WordPress?
Again, if you think about your blog as being a magazine, think of your pages as the informational section: stuff about your magazine.
- Do not have categories or tags.
- Do not show in your website’s RSS feeds.
- Are not displayed chronologically.
Of course, as with most things, there are ways you can get your pages to do the above if you’re so motivated.
Let’s Look at an Example of a Page vs a Post
Suppose Zip eventually wants to try to monetize his blog: attract advertisers, sponsored posts, guest bloggers, etc. So he decides to make a document called “Work With a Unique Niche Sloth Travel and Lifestyle Blog.”
This document is best added as a page. He can link to it on his website menu. But it’s an informational document about his website, not an article.
Now he wants to write a document called “The Commoditization of Sloth: How Does the Rampant Marketing and Commercialization of Merchandise Featuring Sloths Affect Public Perceptions of the Suborder Folivora?”
First, I’d suggest that, while its a lovely title, he may just want to shorten it down a little bit for SEO purposes as this is going to be a blog post and not a journal article. I would also tell him that sloth merchandise is awesome and show him my sloth socks, planters,
But, second, it is definitely an article. This should be a post.
In a Nutshell:
Use pages for more static information content about your website, such as an About or Privacy page, use posts for your blog articles.
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