What’s the difference between a page and a post?
I, like many, used to get a little confused at the difference between a post and a page and if it really mattered which was which but I learned that there is a definite difference between the two.
As a beginner I wondered just what was the difference, they both seemed to have the same setup in my dashboard and the same look on my new website, so why did I need them both?
I wondered what kind of set up strategy should I follow if any. When should I write a page of content and when a post? At the time I was trying to make my own website too.
Well, I learned early in my training at Wealthy Affiliate that there was certainly a difference and there should be no confusion on the issue for anyone that is building their own website.
Do you use your WordPress site as a blog, then you’ll be using posts for the vast majority of the content of your site. Posts are continuous content entries that are listed in reverse chronological order (new posts added on top of the previous post) on your page(s).
Due to their reverse chronological order your posts need to be continuously added each week in a regular fashion.
Your older posts will be archived in the order or date that they were posted. As the post gets older and archived deeper you will have the option to organize your posts in categories and tags.
Bloggers can use the RSS feeds to deliver their email broadcasts thru services like Aweber, MailChimp or Get Response. You can also create a daily and /or weekly newsletter for your viewers to subscribe to.
The regular and timely posts make them great for all social media. You can use any of the social media sharing plugins to allow your viewers to share your posts on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.
Your posts will encourage conversation because they have a built-in comment feature that allows the viewers to comment on a particular post. You can turn off comments if you want on older posts by going to your Settings-then Discussion.
Your pages are meant to be timeless content, static type content like your about me page, policy info, legal disclaimers, etc.
Of course, you can update these pages anytime and pages are not meant to be social in most cases so they might not have social sharing or comments allowed. Unlike posts, pages can have a sub page within a page.
Some Key Differences between posts and pages are:
Posts are timely vs Pages are timeless
Posts are social and pages are not
Posts can be categorized and pages are hierarchical
Posts are included in RSS feed and pages are not
Pages have a custom template feature and posts do not
There Are Exceptions
The differences that I list definitely have exceptions. As I make my own website I can use plugins or code snippets to extend the functionality of pages or posts.
Also, there are no limits to the number of pages or posts that you can have on your site.
Search engines like your content to be organized so focus on making your site organized for your viewers.
Turning a post into a page or visa versa. On some themes, like the one we use in the video, there isn’t a way of changing a post into a page or a page to post. So you will need to upload a plugin which is super easy if you follow these simple directions:
- From your Dashboard menu on the left of your page, click on “plugins” that will take you to the Plugins Page.
- In the upper right corner area enter “post type switcher” into the search bar. In the upper left corner click on the “Add New” button.
That will open up a page full of choices but just choose the first one, Post Type Switcher, it has over 70,000 installs and almost a 5 star rating.
- Click on “Install Now” and then “Activate”
- The screen will go back to your dashboard plugins page and you’ll see the Post Type Switcher plugin has been installed.
- From here click on the Post or Page and click on the post/page that you want to change over.
- Click on the “Quick Edit”
- On the page right side (see below) you’ll see the “post type” button. Click on it and set it to page or post and then click on the update button.
- There ya go..it’s now a page. Please watch the 2 short videos below. They’re tutorial step by step and leave a comment ok.
This short video was made because on the previous video (which is below this video), we weren’t able to change our post into a page because the chosen theme wouldn’t allow for it..watch and learn…
This Make My Own Website video walks through the posting of the sites first full article and a bit more..please watch and leave a comment:
I hope that you benefited in some way and I want to let you know that on the next video we’ll be setting the Category, Tags, SEO meta title and description, adding media and embedding links on the site. I hope that you’ll check it out as it naturally follows this video 3.
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