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WordPress – Posts vs Pages

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In this video I’m going to go over the difference between Pages and Posts.

Often WordPress beginners get confused between posts and pages.  They seem to have similar fields in the dashboard and they look the same on the website.  There are very key differences between the two.

I’m going to start with posts.  If you are using WordPress as a blog, then you will end up using posts for majority of your site’s content.

A Post is an article, or a photo, or a video, or anything you publish that shows up in a stream.  They are listed in reverse chronological order on the blog home page or on the posts page.   Due to their reverse chronological order, your posts are meant to be timely. Older posts are archived based on month and year. As the post gets older, the deeper the user has to dig to find it. You have the option to organize your posts based on categories and tags.   They’re part of a stream of published material.  You can search for posts by categories, tags, author, or by date.  They are often shared on social media.  Posts encourage conversation. They have a built-in commenting feature that allows users to comment on a particular topic.

Pages are your static pages. They don’t change unless they are edited.  Examples of pages would be: About, Services, Contact, Privacy Policy, etc.  They are not listed by date or use tags and categories.  And they don’t usually have comments.  Pages are also usually added to the navigation menu.

Pages can be displayed in the sidebar using the Pages widget.  They are organized by parent/child.  They don’t display by author or date.

To break it down.  For most companies you’ll use pages for your About, Contact, Services, etc. pages.  You will most likely set your home page to a static Page.  You may also want a blog to create “Fresh Content”.  For the blog, you would use Posts.  If your home page is set to a Page, you will need to set your blogs to be displayed on another.  You can set both of these options under the Settings menu, then Readings.

If your website is mostly for blogging, you will mostly use the Posts.  You’ll leave your home page set as the default so that it displays your blog posts.  You might also want to have an About, Contact, etc. Pages.

Hopefully this helps you understand better the difference between the two.  That’s if for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

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