Differences between Posts and Pages in WordPress
In WordPress, you can put content on your site as either a post or a page.
When you're writing a regular blog entry, you write a post. Posts, in a default setup, appear in reverse chronological order on your blog's home page.
In contrast, pages are generally for non-chronological, hierarchical content: pages like About or Contact would be common examples. Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and are often used to present personal or business timeless information that is always relevant. You can use Pages to organize and manage the structure of your website content.
There are key differences between posts and pages in WordPress and in this article we’ll review most of them.
Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on the blog home page or on the posts page if you have set one in Settings > Reading.
Sticky posts - if such are created those will appear before the other posts.
Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Tags Cloud, Search, Recent Posts, and other widgets.
Posts usually have comments fields beneath them allowing visitors to discuss on the post content.
Posts are also displayed in the RSS feed of the blog.
You can control how many posts are displayed at a time in the Reading Settings screen. If you want your posts to appear on a page other than your home page, read WordPress Static Front Page article.
Think of the posts as the news portion of your site. They’re dynamic and constantly changing the content your end users sees.
In general, pages are very similar to posts in that they both have titles and content.
WordPress Theme template files maintain a consistent look throughout your site. Pages, though, have several key distinctions that make them different from posts.
What Pages Are
- Pages are for content that isn't specifically time-dependent, or which isn't blog content.
- Pages can be organized into pages and subpages.
- Pages can use different page templates, including template files, Template Tags and other PHP code.
- More sophisticated themes may provide a wider range of adjustments or display options for individual pages.
- It's quite possible to make a website using WordPress which only contains pages.
What Pages Are Not
- Pages don't appear in the time-structured views within a blog section of a website.
- Pages cannot be associated with Categories and Tags without tweaking the default WordPress features.
- Pages can have a hierarchy, which means you can nest pages under other pages by making one the Parent of the other, thus creating a group of pages.
- Pages are not included in your site's feeds (e.g. RSS or Atom) due to their static nature and won’t have date or time publishing.
Differences between Posts and Pages
Posts are timely -> pages are timeless. Posts are social (through comments) -> pages are not. Posts can be categorized -> pages are hierarchical. Posts are included in RSS feed -> pages are not. Pages can use custom template feature -> posts cannot.
Pages and Posts can be interpreted differently by site visitors and by search engines. Commonly, search engines place more relevance to time-dependent site content - the posts - because a newer post on a topic may be more relevant than a static page.
In fact, we are not facing any sort of dilemma to choose between posts or pages. They both are designed to work together and build a common structure for any website.
Of course, if you dare to leave the WordPress's default options and dive into the world of custom loops and queries, custom post types and custom taxonomy, you will discover the true power of this outstanding software WordPress.