If you are using WordPress as the content management system for your website, you might have come across Posts and Pages in the WordPress dashboard.
You can literally put your content on your website either by creating a post or a page. But you should have guess already that since WordPress gives you two different options, there should be a difference, right?
Yup, there are quite some differences between the two. Let’s see what they are!
Posts form the core content portal if your website has a “blog” section. Posts form your blog, in fact.
Any news updates, or informational updates that you publish on your blog are done via posts.
You need to create a new post for every blog entry. Posts are tied to dates. Your website’s “blog” page lists the posts in reverse chronological order.
If you choose the home page of your website to be the blog page, then your website’s home page will list the blog content (the posts) in reverse chronological order. Of course you can use the “Make this post sticky” option to stick a post on top.
Posts can be grouped into different categories. Posts can also be assigned tags to them.
Posts can be found in archived pages and are usually grouped based on the date they were published.
Since posts form the dynamic aspect of a website, they are the ones that are included in the RSS feed of a website.
If someone subscribes to your website’s RSS feed, then essentially they will receive notification whenever a new post is published. By default only posts are included in RSS feeds. But there are plugins that can help you to add certain pages to RSS feeds as well.
Since publishing a post is adding an update, or information to your site, posts tend to be more social. You can enable social sharing buttons so people can share your blog posts.
You can also enable comments (discussion) in your blog posts, so people can express their opinion on the topic you have published.
Pages are also content bits that you add to your WordPress website, but they highly differ from posts.
For one, pages are not tied to dates. Even though every published page displays the date it was published, pages are not chronologically displayed.
You can update these kind of pages once a while. But it is not like your posts.
Pages cannot be grouped based on categories as you would do with posts. Also you cannot add tags to pages.
WordPress has an option to help you enable custom templates for your pages. This way you can create custom templates (even multiple ones) and assign them to pages.
Your landing pages (pages designed to increase sign-ups) can have a particular template that you designed, your home page can have another template/design and your other pages can be on the default template.
But you cannot have custom templates for your blog posts. All your blog posts will have one common design that is aligned with your WordPress theme or a custom design.
Even though pages cannot be grouped using categories like posts, you can create hierarchy of pages. A particular page can act as a parent page and then you can create sub-pages under that page.
Since pages are reserved for static content they are not included in the RSS feeds by default. But as I said earlier, you can use plugins to include pages in your RSS feed.
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I hope now you know the difference! Even though both posts and pages look alike, there are lots of differences when it comes to features and benefits.
The purpose for which both of these are used are different too.
Knowing the differences will help you to use the pages and posts feature in the right way.