Differences between Posts and Pages in WordPress

Posts vs Pages

WordPress has two different content types, these are posts and pages.

When you look at your WordPress Dashboard, these two may look similar but they have a lot of differences between them. I am going to try to explain which these are with as many examples as possible and make it as simple as it’s humanly possible.

Posts vs Pages

Posts are basically just entries listed in chronological order. They are shown like this so your latest post will be at the top of your list.

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The value of the content of the posts changes over time, and newer posts will be easier to access than the old ones.

If you want to know how to make your very first post, click here for a detailed explanation.

On the other hand, pages are just a typical built-in post-type that will allow you to post content to your WordPress blog. The content used here isn’t necessarily needed to be displayed in chronological order.

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Pages use a static content type as the “About Us” page, “Contact Us” page, “Privacy Policy”, “Cookie Policy”, and more custom pages. Even if WordPress is going to store the published date of the page, pages are just a timeless structure.

Let me give you a simple example: Let’s say you have your “About Us” page. Now, this one is not supposed to expire, of course, you can always come back to it and make updates to it whenever it is necessary but what is for sure is that you will not have an “About Us 2022”, “About Us 2023”, etc.

Main differences

1. Posts can be organized using categories and tags

Whenever you create a new post you can always allocate it to a category and add tags to it. A category is just a default classification in WordPress, it is used to group and sort your posts into different components. Tags give us a handy way to group related posts together, they help readers to understand quickly what the post is about.

In contrast, pages can not be grouped in categories or tags, the only way that you can organize them is hierarchically by using “parent” or “child” pages.

2. A date and an author is featured in posts

These two details are linked to blog posts. Depending on the theme you are using, they can be displayed or not.

Pages do not have these two features because the key content should be the most important thing for your visitors.

3. Posts can be shared on social media

In essence, pages are not meant to be shared on social media so that is why they do not have any social sharing buttons. For sure you would not need a person to share your privacy policy on Facebook or Twitter. With posts, on the other hand, is a different story, it is very important for you to have ways for your visitors to share your content.

4. RSS Feeds

Posts can be distributed through RSS feeds since they have a published date. For people who use services like Feedly, this feature is meant to help keep track of the most recent content from multiple sources. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication and it is basically an easy way to stay up to date on new posts from websites you are interested in.

5. Post increase engagement

Pages don’t have comments. For sure, you don’t wanna have comments on your contact page or on your privacy policy page, you will find that there is an option to enable them but WordPress comes with them disabled.

By default, visitors can leave comments on each and every post you have. But then again, you can disable them. You can find more about this by clicking here.

Conclusion

WordPress is a very friendly platform for beginners, but when you create your very first website, well… things can get a little intimidating. For example, it can be hard sometimes to know the difference between a page and a post. So, let me remind you of two important things that will help you from here on.

  • Posts are used to create articles, blog entries, and other content listed on your blog. They are shown in chronological order, and the newest post will always be on the top of the list.
  • Pages are used for static content and they are timeless entities.

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