WordPress Post and Page: What is the Difference?
To create and publish content, there are two common built-in ways for WordPress users- Post and Page.
These two terms may be confusing to the beginners. When you attempt to write a post or page, you see both the Post Editor and Page Editor look almost similar. So why should you use Post or why Page. This was also my question at the initial stage of blogging.
Not only beginners but those who know no compromise about blogging techniques, must get clarified with all general and technical differences between WordPress post and page. We’re dedicating this post for those readers.
Common differences between Post and Page
Posting is the soul of blogging. To achieve your goal in blogging, you ensure readers’ engagement with your blog by publishing content, article or news on regular basis. This is Post. On the contrary Pages are content that is Stable in nature. On page, you provide fixed information that needs no frequent update.
Here’s the example-
You write a blog on Food Value. Here, as part of your regular content delivery, you can publish an article on ‘Health value of strawberry’. This is Post.
Again, you can add your Bio in your blog to attract readers’ attention. This should be your page in the name of ‘About’, ‘About me’ or so.
However, Here are the highlighted differences between Post and Page in WordPress. Looking it at a glance will give you a harsh idea of Post and Page. We’re going to pinpoint it next step.
- Post is dynamic but Page is static
- Posts need regular update which is a continuous process. Pages need no update and are irrelevant to publish continuously.
- Posts provide publishing date which is displayed below Post title. Blog posts are stored in reverse chronological order. Page content is usually evergreen and is not published with date.
- Posts have author and Author name is/can be displayed below post title. Pages don’t have Authorship feature.
- Posts are delivered in RSS feed in order of publication date but pages are not.
- Posts are organized as per Categories and Tags. Pages can be organized in hierarchical order as Child page and Parent page.
Yet there might arise more interest in you to know Post and Page distinctively. In this step we’re going to clarify this relating the WordPress platform which will provide more specific info essential for WordPress blogging.
Get acquainted with your WordPress POST
If you’re using WordPress as Blogging platform, then your main activity or business, you thought would be from starting, is writing Blog Post. The posts that-
- are your everyday investment as content of niche.
- You want to market or promote to draw benefit out of it.
- You want to notify readers about it by RSS feed, newsletter or so.
- You like to share it through Social Media.
- In course of time, you need to update it suiting the demand of time.
Now, look below screenshot of a WordPress post. As Post is authorship-based, author’s name and publication date are displayed below post title:
A prime characteristic of a Post is readers’ engagement. WordPress has built-in features for reader-based conversation by Comment section, Pingback and Trackback. Look below:
Post are organized by Category, Sub-category and Tag. To enter WordPress Post Editor where you can create and edit posts, go to (WordPress Dashboard) >> Post>>Add New. You can see Category and Tag fixing section at right side of the editor. You can also find the Tag management section as sub-menu under Post menu in WordPress admin area. But this section is absent with Page menu.
Have a look at WordPress PAGE and differentiate from POST
On the contrary, Pages are rigid, fixed and not regularly updatable. You can include several pages in your site to show the informative content for your blog which usually does not change over time.
Pages are not organized by Category or Tag. If you have many pages, you can order them in hierarchical order.
To do this, go to (WordPress Dashboard) >> Page>>Add New and enter Page Editor where you can create and edit page. Under Document at the right of the Editor, eye to Page Attributes. From here, you can fix up Parent Page. This means your current page (child page) will be considered as the part of that upper layered Parent page.
In that case, the URL structure of your child page will get changed as the following form-
In this way, you can easily turn any page into sub-page by fixing up a Parent page.
Beyond these, your WordPress page-
- is not relevant to Commenting.
- needs not be exposed to social sharing.
- is not a continuous content.
- is not a matter of creative writing by a writer/author.
- provides info about Blog not Blog Niche.
Beyond Post and Page, you can also create other type of content in WordPress using different Plugins.
Hope this post on ‘Difference between Post and Page’ quenched your curiosity and lifted your WordPress posting capability to a decent higher.
And of course, hope your constructive comment.