Posts and pages are two of the commonly used content types in WordPress. These two are quite similar in nature that many beginners often get confused and interchange these terms.
After all, they look the same on a website and they have similar-looking dashboard fields.
But posts and pages are really different from each other. This article will shed some light on what a post and a page is in WordPress.
We’ll also highlight their major differences and the roles that each of them plays in a website.
What is a WordPress Post?
A post is a WordPress content type that consists of dynamic information or news you want to share to your readers. They often talk about a particular topic related to your website’s overall theme.
Blog-type WordPress websites often contain lots of WordPress posts.
Posts are listed on your website in a reverse chronological order. The publishing date appears on top of every WordPress post you have in your website.
Older posts get pushed to the archives as you continue adding newer ones.
What is a WordPress Page?
A WordPress page is a content type that features static information about your website, such as:
- About the Site
- About the Author
- Contact Information
The kind of information displayed by a WordPress page is not supposed to have a timeline. They’re not supposed to expire. Hence, pages do not need a publishing date displayed on them.
Pages display static information on your blog, but it doesn’t mean they cannot be updated. Your pages just won’t show a modified date if you choose to update its contents.
Main Differences Between Posts and Pages
Posts and Pages may look the same on a published website. But there are several subtle differences that make them distinct from each other. Let us dig deeper into the main points that differentiate WordPress Posts and Pages:
Posts display the blog-type contents of your website, while pages display timeless information that doesn’t easily change in time.
You can use posts to publish majority of your blog contents. Any blog content, article, gallery, or media you wish to add to your website can be displayed using WordPress posts.
The heart of your entire website or blog is mostly uploaded and published as a WordPress post.
For static information that doesn’t need frequent updates, you can use WordPress pages.
Contents such as About pages, disclaimers, terms and conditions, privacy policies, and contact information are usually published as a WordPress page.
Posts and pages both contain useful information for your blog. But the difference lies in their purposes.
Content displayed in a WordPress post is meant to keep your site updated. New blog contents typically appear first in posts, so that makes your blog fresh.
Older blog posts go down until they become archived, serving your readers only the freshest information your blog has to offer.
WordPress post contents also serve to engage your readers. They usually stir up conversation, discussion, and interaction between you and your audience, and between your audiences themselves.
This happens when readers comment on your articles and share your posts to their own social media platforms.
Pages, on the other hand, serve as static displays of information. Contents of a WordPress page need not be updated periodically.
They are meant to inform your readers about things that do not generally change on your blog.
Information such as disclaimers and privacy policies don’t really need frequent updating, and it also doesn’t play much of a role in keeping your entire website fresh.
They are simply there because they need to be stated to your readers.
Commenting and sharing on WordPress pages are turned off simply because there’s no reason to comment or share these types of information.
That’s the whole point of displaying content on a WordPress page.
One might not easily notice this difference between a post and a page, but if you look closer at a WordPress website, you’ll likely find publication dates on a post as opposed to a page.
WordPress gives Posts users an option to include the publication date and/or time before the webpage goes live.
Your readers can easily identify the freshest contents you serve on your site when they look at the publication dates of your Posts.
Having publication dates also enables search engines to identify your site’s Posts and will be of help to your site’s SEO efforts.
Posts also contain publication dates so that they can be listed in a reverse chronological order on your website.
You’ll end up with a ton of jumbled blog posts and your readers will also have a hard time identifying your recent, older, and archived posts if WordPress did not enable publication dates on Post settings.
Note, however, that you may opt not to include publication dates on your Posts if you wish to.
Meanwhile, WordPress Pages cannot have its publication date listed on them. They technically have a published date, but it is not shown on the Page itself.
There is no sense in showing a publication date to readers visiting a Page. You want your readers to learn about the information you’re showing on a Page, no matter which date they visit your website.
The contents of your Page are supposed to be timeless and won’t need periodic updating as well, so your readers will see the same information whatever time or date they visit your website.
If you want your readers to get updates on your website’s happenings, you’ll likely set up an RSS feed which sends them email updates on what’s new on your site.
WordPress Posts are the ones that get sent to your readers as notifications. This is because Posts have their own publication dates on them, making them timely.
The new posts you create are delivered by RSS feeds to your readers. WordPress Pages, on the other hand, are excluded in RSS feeds.
Custom Page Templates
Posts and Pages look almost the same in most WordPress themes. But there’s a feature called Custom Page Templates which enable users to add customized looks to pages, apart from the general look you’re using on your WordPress theme.
This is especially useful if you want to distinguish your Pages from your Posts on your blog. It’s also great for landing pages and galleries.
WordPress Posts do not support this feature.
Content Organization and Attributes
WordPress enables Posts users to add tags and categories to them. The platform also allows archiving of old Posts. Pages do not have this option, but they have hierarchical attributes instead.
Contents in WordPress posts often need to be organized so as not to confuse your readers. For instance, you run a company blog about beauty products.
You want to publish separate contents such as “Choosing the Right Lipstick Shade”, “Home Hair Coloring Made Easy”, and “Easy DIY Pedicure Design Ideas” all at the same time.
You can use tags for each of your three blog posts and add them to their proper categories such as Lipsticks, Hair Colors, and Nail Polish.
All these content organization can be achieved with WordPress Posts.
Perhaps you also want to post a video tutorial about “Summer Makeup Looks for 2019” but realized that you had a quite similar post for 2018.
You can archive your old 2018 post as you publish your new content so that your readers can still have access to it without compromising the audience impact of your new post.
Pages, on the other hand, are hierarchical in nature. For example, you want to create an About the Company page.
“About the Company” becomes your parent page, and you can set hierarchical child pages for information such as “Company History”, “Company Achievements”, and “Giving Back to the Community”.
Post and Pages: Their Common Grounds
Despite being unique content types on their own, Posts and Pages still share the following similar attributes:
- Both of them can have Page Titles.
- Images, videos, and featured images can be set for both content types.
- You can use custom fields.
- You can use all standard content editing tools such as headings, lists, texts, and alignment.
- Content Authors can be selected for both, but they typically appear only in Posts.
- Content Preview is available for both Pages and Posts.
- Scheduled publishing of contents is enabled for both.
- Visibility can be set to private, public, or password-protected for both content types.
- You can create an unlimited number of both Pages and Post for your website.
How Posts and Pages Affect Your Website
Posts and Pages can both be considered the hearts of your website or blog. Without them, where would you display the information you want to put across your readers?
Pages are important for displaying essential information about yourself, your blog, your store, or your company.
These contents will introduce you to your readers and establish your ground on your chosen niche.
They might be considered static information, but they are important to keep your rapport towards your readers and to let them know how transparent your online presence is.
Posts are the ones that truly drive readers to your site. They offer the information your readers are thirsting for. Contents on your website’s Posts feed your reader’s minds and keep them connected to you.
They are the ones being seen by search engines, which in turn will drive audience traffic to you. In short, your website will cease to exist without Posts.
Posts and Pages in a Nutshell
WordPress offers its users two different content types: Posts and Pages. Posts are used for publishing normal blog entries, while Pages are typically utilized for static information such as About Pages and Disclaimers.
Both content types tend to look similar at first glance, but subtle changes that characterize each one include the following:
- Their key purposes
- The types of information they contain
- The organization and taxonomy of their data
- Features such as RSS Feeds and Custom Templates
- The visibility of their publishing dates
Posts and Pages work together to make a website fresh and relevant. Use them together in your website and see the difference they both make in making your site organized and worth visiting.