WordPress gives you two different means to create content – posts, and pages.
To make your site more user-friendly, it’s essential that you correctly use posts and pages while you add new content.
However, while you’re just getting started, it can be challenging to know meanwhile you should use a post also when you should use a page.
To help you learn which one is right for each piece of content, I’m running to cover the difference between WordPress posts VS pages in detail in the post.
WordPress Blog Posts VS Pages: The Difference In A Nutshell
Here’s the significant variation between WordPress posts and pages:
WordPress posts have an official publication date and are displayed by time on your site’s blog page.
If you want to write a regular blog post, you should use a job. For example, the content you’re reading right now is published as a WordPress post.
WordPress pages don’t have a publish date furthermore are meant for static, timeless content. Two typical examples of material that should be a page are your site’s “Contact” or “About” pages.
It doesn’t make sense to list that content by date because you want people always to be able to see it, no matter while they visit your site.
At a high level, that’s the most significant difference:
- WordPress posts are for timely blog posts also have a publish date
- WordPress pages are for timeless, static content plus don’t have a publish date
However, there are also some other smaller differences between the two. Let’s cover those next.
4 Technical Differences Between WordPress Posts VS Pages
You already know that posts have a publish date, whereas pages don’t. But some other notable differences can affect how you structure your site.
1. You Can Categorize Posts; However, Pages Are Hierarchical
When you build a WordPress post, you have the option to assign it:
Categories and tags help you arrange your posts and make it easier for readers to find the content they’re interested in.
Each category plus tag archive page lists all the blog posts that fit that category or tag by their publish date.
Pages, on the other hand, can’t use categories or tags. Preferably, they’re organized hierarchically. That’s a big word – but here’s all it means:
You can create one page a “parent” and another page a “child.” That helps you to group related pages:
Creating one page a child of a parent page mainly affects its URL permalink structure.
2. Posts Normally Have A Public Author, But Pages Don’t
In your back-end WordPress dashboard, you’ll see an author for both posts plus pages. On the public part of your site, utmost themes only show an author for posts.
Users can also tick on the post author to peruse a list of all that author’s posts.
Pages, on the opposite hand, do not list a public author.
3. Posts Display In Your RSS Feed, But Pages Don’t
Your site’s RSS feed lets readers subscribe to your content using something called an RSS reader.
Your RSS feed only shows your site’s latest posts. It does not include pages.
That makes sense because an RSS feed supports readers subscribe to your latest content. Moreover, as you learned above, posts are for timely content, while pages are for static, timeless material.
4. Posts Have Custom “Formats,” Although Pages Only Sometimes Have Templates
Since WordPress version 3.1, posts have a feature called Post Formats. Mostly, these make it easy to style your post differently depending on the type of content. Usually, you’ll have formats for things like:
Pages do not have these formats. But some themes will include Page Templates that made you apply different layouts to different pages. This feature is not as standard as post formats, though.