Difference between Page and Post in WordPress

Difference between Page and Post in WordPress

Generally, new WordPress users get confused between Page and Post. WordPress usually comes with two different content types: page and post.

Every newcomer in WordPress will probably wonder what is the difference between pages and posts?

In the WordPress dashboard and also on the website they look similar. So you will be thinking: Why do I need both Posts and Pages? When can’t I use either one of them?

It is very important that you properly use pages and posts when you create new content and also it’s helpful to make your website more user convenient.

In this article, we will explain all the difference between page and post in WordPress.

What is Page in WordPress?

Page in WordPress is used for static type content such as your homepage, about page, contact page, privacy policy, etc. Pages in WordPress will not have published or updated date as they are treated as timeless entities.

WordPress pages are mostly used when we want to publish static content for our audience. Static content means evergreen page which will exist till the domain expire. Pages are used when you don’t update the content frequently.

Hence there is no date and time available in pages, by default they are not included in the RSS feeds. In WordPress dashboard you can add and edit pages any time you want and here is how Pages section in WordPress looks like:

WordPress Pages Dashboard

Pages in WordPress are not meant to be social media friendly thus they do not have social sharing buttons. For example, in most cases, we don’t want others to tweet or share our privacy policy page.

Also, pages in WordPress don’t allow users to leave their comments. For example, we don’t want people to comment on our legal disclaimers page or contact page. But there is an option available in WordPress to enable comments on pages, however, by default it will be disabled in settings.

WordPress pages are hierarchical by nature and we can have subpages or child pages for each page. When publishing a page, we can effortlessly change a page into subpage by choosing a parent page from page attribute section.

Pages Attributes in WordPress

By default, WordPress comes with a feature which allows us to create custom page templates using the website theme. This feature allows developers to customize the appearance of each page as per requirement.

In most cases, the pages and posts look very similar. But custom page templates feature in WordPress comes in very handy when you are creating a gallery page or landing pages.

The best illustration of a Page in WordPress – look at About Search Engine Laws Page. You can notice there is no publish date and comment section.

Now that you understood what are pages, let’s take a look at posts and what makes it distinct.

What is Post in WordPress?

Posts in WordPress are a dynamic entity that will have published or updated date and you will see published posts articles listed on your blog page. WordPress posts will be arranged in a reverse chronological order i.e newest article will be on top and the oldest article will be in the bottom.

WordPress is more suitable for blogging and you will use posts for the majority of your website’s content. If you want to publish an article about anything in your niche, or any trending news, or an announcement then post in WordPress will be more appropriate. For example, the one you are reading now or any article on this website blog is a post and not a page.

In the WordPress dashboard you can add and edit posts any time you want and here is how the Posts section in WordPress looks like:

WordPress Posts Dashboard

Post in WordPress is meant to be timely due to their dynamic nature and reverse chronological order. Hence, older posts are archived based on published date and time.

The user needs to dig deeper into the archive as the posts get older. In WordPress, we have the option to organize our posts as a cluster based on categories and tags.

Categories and Tags in WordPress

Posts in WordPress have a timestamp (published/modified date and time), so they can be syndicated with the RSS feeds. RSS feeds allows you to alert your audience about the most recent post update.

WordPress users can take advantage of RSS feeds to broadcasts email through services like MailChimp, Aweber or Constant Contact. You can create a daily and weekly newsletter to notify your subscribers about the latest blog posts.

The very dynamic and timely nature of the post in WordPress makes it extremely social media friendly. The social sharing feature in WordPress allows your audience to share the post in social media site like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest etc.

Unlike Pages, Post in WordPress encourage advancement in website traffic. WordPress has an implanted feature that allows the audience to comment on a post article. Pingbacks, comments, and trackbacks are enabled by default in WordPress posts.

Comment Settings in WordPress

If necessary you can turn off or customize posts comments by making changes in your WordPress Settings » Discussion section. Posts in WordPress generally have the name of the author and updated or published date.

The best illustration of a post in WordPress may be this article which you are reading now. At the beginning of this article you can see the post category i.e: “Blog  » WordPress” and also updated date. At the end of this article, you can observe the social share buttons, related post, comment section.

Post Features in WordPress

Now that you understood what are posts, let’s take a look at key differences between Post and Page in WordPress.

Key Difference Between Page and Post in WordPress

  • Hierarchical attribute and Categorized attribute:

The best way of organizing the posts is categorizing. Category and tags will help us to organize posts and make it simpler for readers to find the article they are interested in.

Categories and tags pages list all the blog articles that fit that category or tag in reverse chronological order i.e the latest posts will be on the top.

For example, look at the SEO Blog category on Search Engine Laws. Rather than listing all articles in the blog page, it just consists of a separate category page which lists all the latest posts related to search engine optimization.

Pages in WordPress don’t have categories or tags feature. Instead, they are arranged in a hierarchical manner. We can make one article a “parent page” and another article a “child page” and group related pages accordingly. I personally do not recommend this strategy as it doesn’t make much difference other than increasing the URL length of the webpage.

  • Author Details and Published Date:

We will see the author details for both posts and pages in WordPress dashboard. But when we published the content, most themes only show author details for posts and not pages.

WordPress themes have clickable links to the author’s profile and users can browse the list of all articles published by the author.

Pages do not have published date since the information on the pages is static and timeless in nature. Posts, on the other hand, include published date since the content on the posts is dynamic and timely in nature.

  • Comment Section and Social Feature:

Post in WordPress is the best place to engage with your website audience. Users can interact through the post by leaving a comment at the bottom of a post and also can share it with their online social group.

Pages in WordPress don’t have a comment section and social share option as it’s meant for only static information.

  • RSS Feed and Content Layout

RSS feed is one of the most popular concepts in WordPress which help you to promote the content to a larger audience. RSS feed will only notify the latest posts to your subscribers and it does not fetch pages from the website.

WordPress posts have the custom format feature and it allows us to style the article depending on the type of content.

Post Format in WordPress

WordPress pages don’t have layout format option but some themes include page templates that allow you to implement customized layout to website landing pages.

Let’s summarize the key differences between page vs post in WordPress:

Pages

Posts
Pages can be organized using child and parent pages. Post can be organized using category and tags.
Pages don’t have author details and published date. Posts have author details and published date.
Pages are static and timeless in nature. Posts are dynamic and timely in nature.
Pages don’t have social share feature and comment section. Pages have social share feature and comment section.
Pages are not included in RSS feed. Posts are included in RSS feed.
Pages have custom template feature. Posts have a custom format feature.

The key difference between posts and pages we listed above may have exceptions and we can use plugins to extend the functionality of both content types. But there are some similarities between posts and pages in WordPress.

Both pages and posts are used for publishing content and you can add images, text, forms, multimedia, etc on both posts and pages in WordPress. Also, there is featured image functionality in both posts and pages.

We can create a website in WordPress without ever using posts or blogging features. We can also build a website using pages for business services content and a separate blog section for your business news, announcements, and other articles.

Pages and Posts FAQ’s

Here I have listed some of the most frequently asked questions about posts and pages and how to properly use them in WordPress.

  • How many pages and posts can we create?

You can create as many pages and posts that you want. There is no limit on the number of pages or posts that can be created.

  • Which have more SEO advantage – Page or Post?

Website content is considered to be the most important On-Page SEO Ranking Factors and search engine like them to be organized. However, there is a slight edge in SEO for the latest timely content.

Posts have some dominance over pages. To know more about search engine optimization check our complete SEO Ranking Factors guide.

  • Can we switch between pages to posts and vice versa?

Lots of WordPress beginners accidentally add content to post when they actually wanted it to appear as the webpage. Similarly, some will end up published blog posts as pages. We can easily switch between pages and posts and vice versa by using the post type switcher plugin.

  • What are other content types available in WordPress besides posts and pages?

In WordPress these other default content types which include revisions, attachments, revisions, navigation menus which are normally not used the same way as pages and posts.

We can create our own custom post types by installing plugins to create additional content types in WordPress. For example, if you are building an e-commerce website then WooCommerce plugin in WordPress allows you to customize the website as “Product”  posts content layout.

I hope this article helped you understand the difference between page and post in WordPress and how to use them. If you have any other queries about WordPress posts and pages then Leave a comment and I’ll try to help you.

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