Post or Page? That is the Question

Hello friends! Have you ever stared blankly at your WordPress dashboard, wondering ‘Post? Page? What’s the difference?” Well, you’re not alone. Since I’ve received this exact question more than once, I’m going to discuss the key differences between these two types of content. Additionally, it will help to understand the scope of your project if you must plan for a redesign.

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What are Posts and Pages?

Posts and pages are two of the foundational components of a WordPress website. Posts are typically used for blog posts, news articles, and other time-sensitive content, for example. Pages are typically used for static (stable) content. Examples of pages include homepage, about page, and contact page.

Primary Differences Between Posts and Pages

There are a few ways that WordPress Posts and Pages are different:

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  • Timeliness: Posts are timely, while pages are not. This means that you have the option to show the published dates and time on posts. This is not true for pages.
  • Organization: Posts are organized by categories and tags, more on this in my post about blog content organization. However, pages are organized hierarchically. This means you can create a page and a subpage. For example, a Service page may offer an overview of all your services, and you may want subpages for each service that provides more detailed information. You cannot create ‘subposts’.
  • Comments: The default configuration for posts is to allow comments. This is an option that may be turned off. It is an option that may be turned on for pages, but it is not recommended and not part of the default page configuration.

When to Use Posts and Pages

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Posts: Use posts for time-sensitive content that you want to share with your audience. This could include blog posts, news articles, announcements, and events.

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Pages: Use pages for static content that you don't need to update frequently. This could include your homepage, about page, contact page, and product pages.

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When to Hire a Designer

If you're not comfortable making changes to your WordPress site, or if you need help with more complex tasks, you may want to hire a designer. Here are some signs that it's time to hire a designer:

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  • You want a custom header or footer for your blog pages.
  • You want to display different post categories on specific pages.
  • You’re migrating your website to WordPress and need to move your existing blog.
  • You need help with SEO or marketing for your blog.

A designer can assist you with these types of tasks and provide insight on how to improve your blog’s design and functionality. If you’re not sure hiring a designer is the best next step, set up a consultation to discuss what you currently have, what is working, what is not working, and your goals. Some tips for working with a designer:

  • Interview a couple of designers to ensure you get a good fit.
  • Make sure your designer is experienced with WordPress.
  • Be up front about your budget and expectations.
  • Work with someone who you feel comfortable with and can trust.

Conclusion

In closing, posts and pages are two different types of building blocks in WordPress that present content. Posts are for time-sensitive content, while pages are used for static content. Thus, it is important to understand the key differences between posts and pages, you can choose the right type of content for your needs.

If you’re still not sure which type of content is right for you, or if you need help creating or managing your WordPress site, don’t hesitate to reach out to a designer. They can help you create a beautiful and functional website that meets your needs.