Do you want to learn about the difference between posts and pages?
By default, WordPress comes with two different content types: posts and pages. Although they look similar in the WordPress dashboard, they serve different purposes for your website.
In this article, we will explain the difference between posts vs. pages in WordPress.
What Are Posts in WordPress?
Posts are used to create blog content, articles, and other content listed on your blog page. They are shown in reverse chronological order so that the newest content (your latest posts) is shown at the top of the list.
If you are using WordPress as a blog, then you’ll likely end up using posts for the majority of your website content.
You can add and edit your WordPress posts by clicking the ‘Posts’ menu option in your dashboard. Here is what the WordPress post editor looks like.
Since posts are listed with the most recent posts at the top, your posts are meant to be timely. Your older posts are archived based on month and year.
As the posts get older, your visitors must dig deeper to find them. You have the option to organize your posts based on categories and tags.
If you have a lot of content, then you can add a search form to make it easy for your visitors to find the content they are looking for. For more details, see our guide on how to create a custom WordPress search form.
You can easily share your new WordPress blog posts with your readers to help you get more traffic. For example, you can create an email newsletter, send automatic RSS feed emails, send push notification messages, and more.
For more details, see our guide on how to share your blog posts with readers.
The timely nature of blog posts also makes them great for sharing on social media. You can use social media plugins to allow your users to share your posts across popular social media networks.
Blog posts also encourage conversations. They have a built-in comment feature that allows users to comment on a particular topic. By default, comments, pingbacks, and trackbacks are enabled.
After the main article content, there’s the comments section. Usually, comments will be disabled on your WordPress pages.
You can go to Settings » Discussion to turn off comments on older posts if you like.
WordPress posts also display post metadata. This is the information listed after the blog post title on individual posts and your blog page.
It usually shows the publication date, author name, categories, tags, and more. You can completely customize your post meta information. For more details, see our guide on how to display blog post meta data in WordPress themes.
Now that you know what WordPress posts are, let’s take a look at pages and how they are different.
What Are Pages in WordPress?
For example, your About page is not supposed to expire. Sure, you can go back and update it, but chances are you will not have About page 2012, About page 2013, and so on.
You can add and edit pages in your WordPress admin panel by clicking on the ‘Pages’ menu option.
Here’s what the page editor screen looks like.
Pages also don’t include comments. You don’t want users to comment on your contact page or terms of service page. There is an option to enable comments. However, it’s disabled by default for your WordPress pages.
Unlike posts, pages are hierarchical by nature. For example, you can have subpages or child pages within a page.
You can easily turn a page into a subpage by choosing a parent page from the ‘Page Attributes’ section when editing a page.
Plus, you can create completely custom WordPress pages with the help of a drag and drop WordPress page builder plugin.
This lets you use different page layouts than the default option provided by WordPress.
For more details, see our guide on how to create a custom page in WordPress.
WordPress Pages vs. Posts (Key Differences)
To summarize, these are the key differences between posts vs. pages in WordPress:
- Posts are timely, and pages are timeless.
- Posts are meant to be shared on social media, and pages are not.
- Posts are organized using categories and tags, while pages are hierarchical and organized as child and parent pages.
- Posts have an author and published date, while pages do not.
The differences we listed above may have exceptions. You can use WordPress plugins to extend the functionality of both content types.
Despite these differences, there are some similarities between pages and posts in WordPress.
First, they are both used for publishing content. You can add text, images, videos, forms, and more to both posts and pages. There is support for featured images on both pages and posts.
You can build a WordPress website without ever using posts or the blogging features of WordPress. You can also make a small business website with pages and a separate blog section for your news, announcements, and other articles.
Posts vs. Pages: Frequently Asked Questions
Following are some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve heard from our users about posts vs. pages and how to properly use them in WordPress.
1. How many posts and/or pages can I have in WordPress?
You can have as many posts and/or pages as you want. There is no limit on the number of posts or pages that can be created.
2. Are there any SEO advantages to posts vs. pages?
Search engines like content to be organized. Timeless and evergreen content is important. However, there is a lot of priority given to content published recently.
In short, there may be a difference, but as a beginner, you do not need to worry about it. Focus on making your site organized for your visitors. To learn more, see our ultimate WordPress SEO guide for beginners.
3. Which pages should I create on my website or blog?
It depends on what kind of blog or WordPress site you are making. However, you may want to see our list of important pages for all websites.
4. Can I switch posts to pages and vice versa?
Many beginners accidentally add content to posts when they actually want to create pages. Similarly, some new bloggers may end up saving blog posts as pages.
If you are just starting out, you can easily fix that using the Post Type Switcher plugin. For more details, see our guide on how to switch post types in WordPress.
5. Are there other content types in WordPress besides posts and pages?
Yes, there are. These other default content types include attachments, revisions, and navigation menus. However, they aren’t used the same as posts and pages.
WordPress also allows you to create your own custom post types. This feature is used by plugins to create additional content types in WordPress.
For example, if you run an online store using WooCommerce, then you’ll see a ‘Products’ post type in your WordPress admin area.
For more details, see our guide on how to create custom post types in WordPress.
We hope this article helped you learn the difference between pages and posts in WordPress and how to use them. You may also want to see our WordPress tutorials on how to write a great blog post and the best WordPress hosting.