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WordPress Posts vs. WordPress Pages

WordPress allows you to create two kinds of web pages: posts and pages. It’s important for you to know the difference between the two.

WordPress Posts

Posts are your regular blog entries. They are the content that make up the main body of your blog.

When you write a post, it appears automatically — in reverse chronological order — on your blog home page. The most recent entries appear on top, giving your readers the freshest content first.

The article you are reading right now is a post.

WordPress Pages

Pages are mainly designed for content that is not time dependent. Common examples are “Contact,” “About Us,” “Privacy Policy,” and “Terms of Service” pages.

Pages have titles and content just like posts. Unlike posts, they can be organized into pages with subpages. They do not have categories or tags, and they do not cycle through your blog’s home page. They can use different templates than posts.

Win-with-1.com has four pages:

  1. Be a Blogger in 1 Week! — acts as a static home page advertising our services
  2. Contact — our contact information
  3. Renewal — Information on renewing our blogging services after the first year
  4. Order Now — used as a holder for our shopping cart integration

In addition to those four, we actually have a fifth page titled “Blog” that is used as the post aggregator for our site. This is only necessary because we are not using the default home page for the blog list. If you have your recent blog posts included on the home page, as is typical, this all occurs automatically and you don’t need to create another page for it.

Choose Wisely

Before you create a post or create a page, think about the content you are adding and how it fits functionally in your site. Then choose the correct type of web page to suit your purposes.

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  • Darci November 20, 2009, 3:06 am

    Thanks for clearing this up. There is such a learning curve in figuring out all the jargon associated with blogging. Your step-by-step articles are clear and I think I’ll be able to get up to speed.

  • GregD November 30, 2009, 3:07 am

    Good stuff. I’m finally going to be able to do this blog I’ve been planning for years.

  • Alison Moore Smith November 30, 2009, 3:26 am

    Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad to hear that this post helped clarify some WordPress issues.

    Good luck on your blogs. Happy to be of help!

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