WordPress Posts and Pages
WordPress posts and pages look alike right?
And as a newbie, you are wondering whether to use wordpress posts or pages to publish your blog post I guess.
- WordPress pages are static. Meaning contents on pages rarely needs to be changed.
- Whereas WordPress posts are dynamic.. This means contents on post pages can be changed or updated a number of times to suit the trend of the content.
I know this doesn’t answer the question of whether to use posts or pages to publish your contents but I will be explaining all in a bit.
Plus I will tell you which one of them has worked for me on my other niche blog.
In this blog post, you will learn
- What wordpress pages and posts pages are
- The differences between pages and posts pages
- Advantages and disadvantages of WordPress pages
- Advantages and disadvantages of wordpress posts
- If wordpress pages or posts are better for SEO
- How to create pages
- How to create a post
- How to display posts in pages using the Gutenberg editor
What is a Page in WordPress
A wordpress page displays static and timeless content.
A page in wordpress is said to be timeless because the contents in that page does not expire nor does it need constant updates to conform itself with current trends.
An example of a wordpress page that is timeless and static is the about page. Your about page, you will agree with me, hardly needs major updates constantly.
How to create a page in wordpress
- Login to your wordpress backend
- In the menu on your left, click on pages>>add new
- Enter the title for your page
- Write a slug(keyword rich url) for your page
- Hit publish
Just as you can create sub categories in wordpress, you can as well create sub or child pages in wordpress.
For instance, if you have a blender affiliate site where you write about brand name blenders, you can create a parent page as Best blenders reviews.
The page should have about 1500 words reviewing various brand blenders.
Then afterwards, you can create child pages for best blenders reviews with each page specifically for a brand. So here we have a parent page as
Best Philips blenders – Where you will have a detailed post on all the different blender brands.
The child pages will be the specific Philips Blender module types.
Each of the child pages should link back to the parent page.
To create a child page for a parent page you have already created, here is what you should do.
- Create a new page post
- Click on the setting icon
- In the document settings, scroll down and click on page attributes
- Click on the (no parent page) drop down arrow and select the parent page you want your page to be the child.
What is a post in WordPress
Posts in wordpress are pages that are dynamic and time based. WordPress contents published with Posts are subject to frequent updates.
As the trends for contents in posts changes, so do you have to update it with the current trend.
Unlike pages, posts are shown in reverse chronological order due to its timely feature.
So, instead of seeing posts dates in normal chronological order like 1, 2, 3,etc., your posts will be shown dates in reverse order like 3, 2, and 1. With 3 being the recently published post .
As time goes on , content you published using the post feature in wordpress may go old if it doesn’t see frequent updates. Contents
that do not get frequent updates gets automatically archived in wordpress.
Most wordpress bloggers are likely to use posts to publish their contents as opposed to using pages.
How to create a post in WordPress
- Login to wordpress
- Select on post>>add new
- Write your post title in the add title block
- Click on the plus button and select the paragraph block
- Start writing
If you want to display blog posts on a page in wordpress with Gutenberg , here is what you should do
- Select the page you want to display your posts
- Click on the plus button to pull up the search bar
- Search for latest post
- Click on the latest posts block
You will have to customise the latest posts block to make it appealing. To do that,
- Click on the settings icon
- Select block
- Scroll through the settings to make the necessary settings
If you don’t want to use the Gutenberg editor, you can use page builders like Elementor pro, Beaver builder, Divi builder, etc. to customize the page, to display your blog posts.
Advantages of using Posts to publish your contents
- They are timely
- Easily shareable
- Can be categorized and tagged
- Can have comments
- Shows authors
- Needs to be updated frequently
Advantages of wordpress pages
- Pages are timeless. This means they do not expire nor do they get archived
- Pages rarely need updates
- Pages can have sub or child pages
Disadvantages of pages
- Pages can’t be categorized or tagged
- Pages does not display authors
- It does not display dates and time of publishing
When to use posts and pages
Think of it this way.
Whenever you are creating contents that will be evergreen and will rarely need updates, then you should publish using pages.
If you are creating contents that may change over time, you should consider publishing using posts.
Using pages to publish your posts should follow a clean and clear structure. This way of structuring your site using pages is known as silo.
If that is not done well, some important posts may be buried deep in the blog as you can’t categorize page posts, and it may take loads of digging by your visitors to find the contents they are looking for.
As a new blogger, it will be very wise of you to publish your posts using posts.
I promise you, you wouldn’t want to get your hands dirty with Silo (is one hell of a confusing mess). You can read more about website silo here.
Stick to posts and use WordPress categories and tags to organize your posts.
Wordpress post vs pages SEO
The real question here is are wordpress posts or pages better for SEO?
WordPress posts and pages are all good for SEO.
But posts have a better chance of being better optimized due to its time based factor.
Search engines prefer ranking posts that are current and conforms with new trends.
Thus, the date, author and time that comes with a wordpress post when published or updated makes it suitable for SEO.
On the other hand, Pages are suitable for evergreen posts. Think of something such as a basic chocolate cake recipe post. A post like that will hardly need changes.
In my opinion Chocolate cakes recipe still remains the same. Safe for a few modern twists added to it.
I am glad you have been able to read to this end.
To recap, here is a summary of the key differences between WordPress posts and pages
Key differences between WordPress posts and pages
- Posts are shown in reverse chronological order. Pages are not
- Pages do not display date time and authors. Posts do
- Posts are time based. Pages are not
- Pages do not get outdated. Posts get out of date
- Posts need constant updates. Pages do not need to be updated regularly
- Pages can not be categorized or tagged. Posts can be categorized and have tags.
- Posts are dynamic. Pages are static
- Pages can have sub pages. Posts do not have sub posts
- Pages can be switched from default templates to have their own customized templates.
WordPress posts and pages all play great roles in SEO.
But, what you should know is that Google and for that matter, any other search engine does not give 2 cents whether you publish your content using pages or posts.
All search engines require is writing blog posts with a sprinkle of keywords to help search engines show its users what they are searching for.
Do good SEO and your post will rank irrespective of using Posts or pages to publish your post.
I hope this post has been able to help you understand the difference between wordpress posts and pages.
If you still have questions about posts and pages, Leave your questions in the comments section.