WordPress is one of the most popular website and blog builders. Its choice is supported by a number of graphic themes, easy administration, and a massive amount of free and paid plugins. What’s the difference between a post and a page?
WordPress for the new user will not be enigmatic, but it may surprise with some solutions. People who have not had contact with it so far may wonder what the difference between a post from a page on this platform. Below you will find the answer.
What is a page in WordPress?
For example, if our WordPress is a company showcase, the following pages will probably appear on such a portal: “About us”, “Contact”, “Company History”, “Company Offer”, etc. Any content that appears on such pages can be embellished with photos, vids, and other multimedia. We can build pages freely and, using the block editor, give them a distinctive look.
The second significant difference between a page and an post is that the page has a hierarchical structure. That means that each page can either have a parent (i.e. parent page) or be the parent itself (i.e. have child pages below it). As below:
About us (parent)
Company history (child)
Company goals (child)
Long-term goals (grandson)
Short-term goals (grandson)
Additionally, it should be remembered that although a page can only be assigned to one parent, each page can have an infinite number of children and grandchildren. Remember, however, that it is not worth making a very deep hierarchical structure, because the readers of our website will struggle with such navigation. There is a general rule that when creating a page, you should build the menu structure in such a way that the reader finds the information that interests him in a maximum of three clicks.
Pages and their layout in the menu
The WordPress menu can be freely modified. There may be links to pages, entries, links selected by us, and even to a specific anchor in the document. It is on the menu that we can easily set the page layout. The menu automatically shows new pages and allows you to arrange them in any order that suits you.
It is also worth remembering that the pages do not have the so-called preview. The snippet is a post fragment displayed on the list of entries. There are two types of teasers, depending on what theme we are using. The first type of teaser is generated automatically by trimming the first words of the entry. The second type of teaser is the content manually entered into a specialized field when creating the post.
The sneak peek is reserved for entries. Pages cannot be tagged, you cannot introduce labels that tell them what is in a given place. They also do not have categories that are reserved for entries. Pages also don’t appear in RSS feeds.
What is a WordPress post?
If the page is a document folder, then the entry is a calendar card on which we make notes. The entry can be edited just like the page. May contain text, photos, videos, and other content. Entries can have a publication date, author, bio, category, or multiple categories.
Additionally, the posts have a teaser. They give the possibility of using the tag, which displays only a part of the post, and to read it, click the appropriate link. What does it look like on a blog?
Suppose we run a piece of blog news about books. When preparing a new entry about the cinema premiere “IT” based on King’s prose, we can assign such an entry to the categories: “film”, “books”, “Stephen King”.
The tags may contain the same, plus additional content, for example: “movie adaptation”, “movie premieres”, etc. Category means that a blog entry will appear in each of the selected groups, tags are an element influencing SEO, and additionally clicking on a given tag shows us all entries with it.
Where are the post listed?
Usually, the page on WordPress is set up, so there is a place for the preview posts on the homepage. Posts are displayed in the order they were added (date decides), unless we have individual plugins that change this. Entries also appear in the RSS feed, which is very good for the blog as many readers use this solution.
Post as a menu item?
Yes, this is possible, as each post has its URL. Thanks to this, we can redirect to a new post on the menu. However, this is a rarely used option.
The difference between the post and the page – summary
Pages and posts be used interchangeably. It is sometimes better to place the content on the page instead of the post so that it is easily accessible in the menu by anyone who visits the portal. This happens in exceptional situations, and it is better to use generally accepted rules, thanks to which the website will be much more transparent and user-friendly.