Pages and Posts: How Are They Different?

Although WordPress is by far the most user-friendly open-source Content Management System out there, it still takes some getting use to.

When you’re new to the software, learning and understanding how to properly use WordPress can be a bit confusing. One point of confusion for many new users is deciphering how posts and pages are different from one another.

These are easy to confuse as they visually look the same in your WordPress dashboard, and even look similar in the front-end of your site. However, they are still very different.

This post is designed to help you understand the difference between the two.

How Are Pages and Posts Different?

The biggest difference between a Post and a Page is that Posts get a timestamp and relate to your RSS feed while Pages don’t. Posts are what the majority of your content will be made of (or probably should be) on your site.

Here’s a little comparison to help you understand this:

If you think of a Post as a food item, it would have a shelf life similar to that of a semi-ripe Avocado — short.

Since a Post has a short “shelf life”, as it were, you’ll need to be continually adding Posts to your site to keep your content fresh and up-to-date.

A Page, on the other hand, could be considered the Twinkie of the online world in the sense that is indefinite shelf life because they never go bad.

For example, if you create an About Page for your site, you only need to create this once; you don’t need multiple About pages because they have an indefinite lifespan and it would just be redundant.

You’ll also likely notice that Posts are organized with categories and tags and are listed in reverse chronological order. However, Pages cannot be assigned categories or tags and can have a hierarchy structure.

This feature allows you to create a group of pages that ultimately relate to one another. (For example, you can create an email course that directs to certain pages on your site and you can cluster those pages together by assigning a parent page and nesting the pages under the parent.)

And while both Pages and Posts have SEO value, fresh content via posts are given the overall upper hand with regards to SEO making them an important part of PageRank.

To Review

The attributes of a Post:

  • They are used to create content that is published to your blog, and these posts will make up your RSS feed that people can subscribe to.
  • Posts are timestamped and have a short shelf life.
  • They are assigned categories and tags and organized in reverse chronological order.

The attributes of a Page:

  • Pages are what WordPress call “static”, and they don’t receive a date stamp like posts do; therefore, the content found on a page is not included in your RSS Feed.
  • Since they have a no date attached to them, they have an infinite shelf life.
  • They are not assigned categories or tags and can be organized in a hierarchy format with a parent page and related pages nested underneath it.
  • Best used to create About, Contact, and Landing or Sales type pages on your site.

Though similar in appearance, post and pages are indeed different. However, both are important when creating and building out your WordPress site.

When you use them correctly, you can keep your site organized in a way that both your viewers and Google will like.

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