If you’re starting out on WordPress, you might be a little confused about the difference between pages and posts. They are both channels for your content, but they have totally different purposes. I wrote the article from the perspective, posts vs pages , to highlight differences, so you better understand what to use in different cases.
Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological orderon the site homepage or on the blog page if you have set one in Reading Settings. If you have created any sticky posts, those will appear before the other posts. Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Recent Posts, and other widgets. Posts are also displayed in the RSS feed of the site. You can control how many posts are displayed at a time in the Reading Settings.
Pages, on the other hand, are typically used for “static content” — or content that doesn’t change unless they are edited. Examples of this would be an About Me or Contact Us page. Pages are typically included in your site’s navigation menu.
POSTS & PAGES Editor
If you look at creating a page and a post side-by-side, you will notice some differences that I have highlighted with a pink box.
At the top of the page you can see Screen Options block . Usually is just a small white tab in the upper right corner but if you expand the tab you can see links to all of the modules available on your page. The options that are not checked represent invisible modules, so you must checkmark the modules you want to see.
The first box is where you’ll want to enter the title of your post or page.
Next is the Post editor. This is where you’ll actually type the content of your post.
If you look on the right side of the box, you’ll see two tabs. There are two modes of editing posts: Visual and Text.
- The Visual tab will bring up the visual WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYG just means “what you see is what you get”. Here you’ll see a formatting toolbar with lots of options for formatting your posts. If you’ve ever used a text editor like Microsoft Word, then you’ll be right at home with the editor toolbar in WordPress. The buttons across the top of the edit pane allow you to simply format text by highlighting a word or phrase, then clicking the button corresponding with the appropriate format style.
- If you click the Text tab, this will reveal a plain-text HTML version of the post. This version of the post editor is for editing the HTML code of your post.
At the top of the right column on this screen you’ll see the Publish box.
- You can save your post as a draft if it’s not finished.
- If you click the Preview button, you can get a preview of how the post will look once it’s published.
- The Status of the post will show if the post has been published, saved as a draft, if it’s pending review of if it’s been schedule.
At the bottom of the right column you’ll see the Featured Image Box. The most known WordPress feature, is the image representing your post or page. Where and how the image displays will differ from theme to theme.
Another available module is Custom Fields . This feature was built for theme designers and developers, so they can extend the power of WordPress. Different themes and plugins use them to store additional post related information.
While comments are a great way to engage your audience, sometimes you may not want to have comments on a specific post or a page. The Discussion option displays a meta box to turn on/off comments and pingbacks for your post or page.
WordPress automatically generates a post slug ( http://yoursite.com/this-is-post-slug) and displays it as the post URL just below the post title. You can edit the URL slug by clicking on the edit link below the post title. You can also edit your post slug in Slug box at the bottom of the page.
And the last one default WordPress post edit setting is Author . WordPress will automatically assign you as the post author when you create a post. However, sometimes you may want to show another user on your WordPress site as the author. Enabling the author checkbox allows you to do that from the post edit screen.
Many WordPress plugins will also add their own settings panels on the post edit screen.
OPTIONS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY FOR POSTS ONLY
- ● CATEGORIES – reflect the topics your articles cover. Example : travel, lifestyle, food, summer etc. It’s an easy organizational tool to implement and it will help your readers (and search engines) find your content quickly and easily.
- ● TAGS – are meant to describe specific details of your posts. Like : Roma, pizza, lipstick etc.
- ● EXCERPT – lets you create a brief description of your post. By default, most themes will pull in the first few lines of the post. But if you add an excerpt, it often replaces those first few lines. Readers like it because it gives them a short synopsis of your post’s topic.
- ● SEND TRACKBACKS – Trackbacks are a way to let someone on another WordPress site know you are talking about them.
WHAT DO THE PAGES HAVE IN RETURN ? PAGE ATTRIBUTES
- ● PARENT – This is where you can set pages as a child page of another page, which basically means a sub-page. You will only see the effect of this option when viewing all pages in your dashboard. It will not affect the navigation.
- ● TEMPLATE – Most themes come with templates that let you enable or disable the sidebar and choose on which side (left or right) it’s displayed.
- ● ORDER – This is how you can order your pages. Again, this has no effect on your navigation menus. Like the Parent option, you will only see this on your All Pages dashboard view. By default, on that page they are listed in alphabetical order. You can, of course, list them in any order you would like.
POSTS vs PAGES CONCLUSION
Dynamic content vs Static content
Reverse chronological order vs Included in Site’s Navigation Menu
Categories, Tags vs Hierarchical -Subpages
Chronological disease (get old even a few days after you publish it) vs Timeless
I hope this discussion, posts vs pages, helped you to have a better understanding about how to write your content. And if you need a complete tour of the wordpress, read the article The Complete WordPress Tour For Beginners .
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