WordPress posts vs pages | Genuine difference between posts vs pages
Many beginner bloggers think that wordpress posts vs pages are the same. You can have the same content on both posts and pages. At first sight, one wouldn’t figure out if it’s a post or page. But a closer look at certain things would show that it’s page or post. If you are looking for the difference between posts and pages in wordpress, then this post is for you.
To give the best user experience, it is important for you to know the difference between wordpress posts vs pages. Furthermore, knowing when should you use post and when you should use pages is equally important.
Therefore in this post, I’m going to tell you the genuine difference between wordpress posts vs pages. Doesn’t matter if you are on wordpress.com or wordpress.org, this post is still useful for you.
As part of this post, you’ll learn:
- The genuine difference between wordpress posts vs pages (technical & cosmetic)
- When should you use wordpress post & when should you use wordpress page
The major difference between wordpress posts and pages is that the WordPress post is a dynamic entity and WordPress page is a static entity.
What is a post in wordpress?
WordPress Posts is a dynamic entity that has a published/updated date and is displayed on the blog page. If you want to publish a blog post about anything in your niche, or an announcement, you should use a post. For example, the one you’re reading now or any post on the blog here is a post and not a page.
Notice the date at the top of this blog page. It shows that this is a post and not a page. However I can have the exact same content on a wordpress page too, but that has limitations of its own.
What is a page in wordpress?
WordPress Pages do not have published/updated date. Hence they’re are useful for the static and timeless type of content. For example, the “About” or “Contact” of Btricks or even your website/blog. Such pages do not need a published/updated date to be displayed. Hence a WordPress page is something that you should use only when you want to publish a static content for your readers.
By static I mean, evergreen content. Be it new or returning users, static pages will remain the same and aren’t updated frequently. Unlike WordPress posts, that can be/needs to be updated once in a while.
Note: If you want to see more examples, go to the top section of this page and hover over the “Home” menu. Everything under that menu is a page and it will help you better understand the purpose of WordPress pages with a variety of examples.
Furthermore, the category and tag are by default WordPress Pages. If you have a category on your website/blog, you can edit it. The category editing will not have many options, but it is a page by default. To better customize, I create a WordPress Page dedicated for each category. You too can create any number of wordpress pages for any number of categories on your website/blog.
- WordPress posts are dynamic and timely posts and have a published date on the blog posts
- WordPress posts are static content and don’t have a published date
This was about the cosmetic difference between wordpress posts vs pages. There are some technical differences between the two. Let’s take a look at it…
Technical differences between WordPress posts vs pages
Now you know that wordpress posts have a publishing date, while pages don’t. Here are some technical differences that will help you decide when should you use a wordpress post and when wordpress page to publish content.
#1 Posts are categorizable, pages are hierarchical
WordPress posts are in reverse chronological order. That is, the latest posts are at the top and due to this reverse chronological nature, the wordpress posts are timely and hence they have a publishing date. Older posts can be found in the archive by month and year. Almost all themes have widgets to show the archives by month and year. As a particular post gets older, it goes deeper and deeper. And the end user, especially a new user may not even know that those posts exist. That’s when categorization and tags come in handy, which are not available for wordpress pages.
On the other hand, wordpress pages are hierarchical in nature and do not have categories or tags to better organize it.
Hierarchical means that you can assign a parent page to certain pages that you think are a child of certain pages. For example, a Disclaimer page is ideally a child or a subsection of an About page, so you can organize pages with this feature. I haven’t done this to keep the URL simple. So, it’s totally up to you whether or not to have this attribution or hierarchical structure.
#2 Posts have a comment section, pages don’t have it
WordPress posts have comment section as they are designed to engage with your users and boost conversations. There are many plugins available for enabling comment section on your wordpress posts. Furthermore, you can make use of the default comment section. You can enable the comment section from Settings » Discussion to update settings of your comment section.
Moreover, the comment feature is not available for wordpress pages. Since it is meant for static information, having a comment section doesn’t make sense. However, there are times where you need a static information page and comment section for feedback, for example, a guest post/contribute page. The end user might need a clarification or may have some query, and not having a comment section may result in losing a contributor/guest post.
It totally depends on your need to have a comment section for pages. You cannot have a comment section, but you can publish the content on a wordpress post to make use of comment section.
#3 WordPress posts have author details, pages don’t
Another cosmetic yet technical difference between the wordpress posts and pages is the author details. Most of the themes show the author details only for posts. But if you peep into your wordpress dashboard, you can see the author details for pages too.
However, that is just for the admin’s reference and has nothing to do with user experience.
Most themes permit having a clickable link to the author where all the posts written by that particular author are listed. However, WordPress Pages do not have author details section, as it’s pointless having that for a wordpress page. Again, the reason is the wordpress page is a static informational section of your website/blog.
#4 WordPress posts are available in your RSS feed, pages aren’t
RSS feed is a channel to reach the audience who consume content via a service called RSS. For those who broadcast their content via RSS feed needs a feed reader to create the feed in human-readable format.
No matter which RSS feed service you use, the RSS feed will broadcast only the wordpress posts and not wordpress pages. The wordpress posts are time-based content, they are broadcasted through an RSS feed. This allows your users to get updates via your RSS feed. Since the wordpress posts are timely content, RSS make sure that your subscribers get only the latest updates and hence, the wordpress posts.
Also, you can broadcast the RSS feeds via email marketing software like Aweber, GetResponse, ConvertKit or any email marketing software for that matter. You can even share the RSS feed links on your social media profiles for a broader reach. It is important to note that wordpress pages are not included in the RSS feed.
Note: Robots.txt file sees both posts and pages as same. So plan the inclusion/exclusion accordingly.
#5 WordPress posts have custom formats, pages have templates
- … and so on
Depending on the theme you are using, the supporting post formats would vary.
Pages have templates instead of post formats. Again, depending on the theme you are using, the page template would vary. Furthermore, it’s not the same as the post format feature.
Frequently Asked Question on WordPress posts vs pages
How many post or pages can I have?
There is no limit on the number of posts or pages that you can have on your wordpress website/blog. WordPress version before 4.2 had the performance issue if you create more than 100 pages. But it’s all fixed long ago. There is no performance issue anymore, no matter how many pages you create.
Is there any other type of content other than these two?
By default, wordpress has two types of content Posts and Pages. However, you can create custom post depending on your need.
Which has more SEO advantage in WordPress Posts vs Pages?
Search engines love fresh content. However, older content is more authoritative and power-packed with backlinks. Speaking of SEO advantage, timely content i.e wordpress posts get more attention for multiple reasons.
First, it is timely, fresh/frequently updated content. Second, it contains information that the users are looking for. However, pages contain such information too, but the percentage of such pages is very very small. Third, posts have user engagement which informs search engine that your post is informative as many users are interacting on your blog post(s)
To begin with, you should focus on creating content that your end users would love to consume. Once you get a kickstart, you’re good to go with a great SEO advantage.
Final thoughts about WordPress Posts vs Pages
In this post, you came to know about the cosmetic and technical differences between WordPress posts vs pages. To conclude, remember this
- Posts are dynamic content. They have a publishing/updated date which tells the user about the freshness of the information they’re consuming. Furthermore, they are available in reverse order i.e. the latest posts appear first in your blog section. Posts are more SEO friendly than pages, though not by huge degree of difference.
- Pages are static content and they don’t have a publishing date displayed to the end user. WordPress pages are good for static information that doesn’t need updating regularly. Like “About” or “Contact” page.
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Originally published at www.btricks.in on July 6, 2018.