WordPress gives you two options to create content – posts and pages. If you are a beginner, you may find it difficult to understand the difference between these two content types. Though you are free to publish either posts or pages, it’s important to know their uses.
Posts (or Blog Posts) – For Regular Content
When you’re running a WordPress blog, you’ll create posts one after another. Every post or blog post that you publish gets listed on the homepage of your site, with the most recent entries at the top. Whenever a user visits your blog, they’ll quickly know which of your posts are the newest because each post shows the date and time when it was published.
Since it becomes difficult for users to find an older post, WordPress allows you to organize posts with categories and tags. These categories and tags, therefore, make navigation easier.
Blog posts can also be syndicated via RSS feeds. This helps readers to receive a notification as soon as a new post goes live. One of the most important features of a post is that it’s meant to encourage conversation. That’s why you’ll see that WordPress has a built-in commenting feature which allows a user to share their opinion or thoughts on a particular topic. You can also easily manage comments in WordPress.
Pages – For Timeless Content
Though pages also look similar to posts, they are used for a different purpose. First of all, a page is static in nature. Unlike posts, pages are used to feature some specific type of content including information about your company, terms, rules, legal disclaimers etc.
If you have visited a WordPress blog before, you may have noticed pages like About Us, Why Us, Contact etc. These are not posts but pages. By their very nature, pages are not meant to be syndicated via RSS feeds. Pages don’t carry date and time, and you can always go back and update them according to your specific requirements. Since pages are static content, they don’t need to feature social media buttons for sharing purpose.
Likewise, pages don’t need to be commented on. Why would you want someone to leave a comment on your Contact Us page or your About Us page? There are many other ways in which a page is different from a post. You should also remember that pages in WordPress are hierarchical in nature. It means you can create pages under pages.
You can also organize pages in a particular order on your blog. WordPress provides you with options to create a specific page layout. If you’re creating a landing page, for example, you’ll not want to make it look like a post.
Though pages and posts may look similar, they are meant to serve different purposes. Posts on a WordPress blog are published on a timely basis while pages are static and timeless. Posts may carry social buttons and can be shared on social media but pages don’t. Posts can be categorized but they don’t have a hierarchical structure like pages. Posts or blog posts are included in RSS feeds by default but pages are not. Last but not the least, pages come along with custom template feature while posts do not.