What is the Difference Between a Page and a Post in WordPress?

by | Aug 30, 2017 | What is..? |

KudosFirst of all, give yourself a pat on the back. If you are asking this question, that means you are digging around in WordPress and getting the feel for how to manage your online presence. At first glance, pages and posts seem like they are the same thing. After all, when you create either a page or a post, a unique URL is created for both. But, don’t be fooled.

If you look at the types of URLs created for a page compared to a post, you will notice that they are structurally different. These differences affect the way search engines read, optimize, and order searches for your website. For instance, if you created an “About Me” page as a page, you are telling search engines that this is static content. It will still be relevant in a month or a year, therefore, if someone were to search for your “About Me” page on Google or Yahoo, it would be one of the top results.

On the other hand, if you created your “About Me” page as a post, you are telling search engines that the content of that page is dynamic and will not be relevant as time progresses. Posts are like news stories. The news is always changing and the most recently published news story on any given topic is sure to have the best information. So, don’t publish your “About Me” page as a post!

Pages are static. They aren’t often changing. Two other examples of pages are your website’s homepage or a “Contact Me” page.

Posts are for current content – like a blog. Posts are often displayed in reverse-chronological order and become archived as they get older. You may also make use of tags and categories with posts. Additionally, if you have subscribers to your website via an RSS Feed – your subscribers will be notified only when you publish a new post. They’ll have no idea if you created a new page on your website. In fact, you could create a post telling people about your new website page.

Posts almost automatically allow for your readers to interact with your website via comments. Pages don’t often make use of comments, but you can turn this feature on by modifying settings in WordPress. 

Where posts show a time-stamp and author, pages do not. Instead, pages will show a title and content. You can see an example of some of my posts showing this below.

Posts and pages can work together. For instance, the landing page to your blog might feature your five most current posts and allow readers to look through your archive of older posts.

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