#3 – What is the difference between a page and a post?
What is the difference between a page and a post?
In WordPress, pages and posts are basically two different content types that you can use when creating your website. While both are suitable for displaying content, there are some important differences between them. Here are a few characteristics that differentiate pages and posts:
- Hierarchy and structure: pages are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which means you can create subheadings and subpages. For example, if you create a page called “Services”, you can create sub-pages under it called “Web Design”, “Graphic Design” and “Online Marketing”. This will allow you to group your content in a logical way and keep it clear. However, the entries appear independently of each other and have no hierarchical structure.
- Content type: pages usually contain content that remains constant and static over time. Typically, this includes “About Us”, “Contact Us” or “Frequently Asked Questions” pages. These pages contain basic information, business details or a general description of the business. Entries, in turn, are displayed in a fresh, chronological order and usually take the form of blog posts or news items.
- Tags and categories: tags and categories can be added to posts to help group them and make them easier to find. Tags are keywords that describe the post (e.g. “health”, “technology” or “travel”), while categories are broader groupings (e.g. “sports”, “recipes” or “art”). Pages cannot be assigned tags or categories as they do not usually contain content that changes over time or is related to a category.
- Menu system and navigation: Pages are usually part of the main menu and submenus of the website to aid navigation. These elements are intended to make pages accessible to visitors. Posts do not appear directly on the main menu, but rather on the blog page or timeline where the latest posts are displayed.
- Functionality and customisation: Although both pages and posts are customisable, pages generally have fewer options. In the case of posts, a number of specific settings are available, such as allowing featured images, comments or managing post tags and categories.
Both pages and posts are important for the content management of a website and the content to be used will depend on which one you want to use. Pages are related to permanent content and the structure of the website, while posts contain recent information, news or blog posts in chronological order.