So, WordPress posts vs pages. What is the difference between them and when should you use each one? Well, here’s a great tutorial video from Nathanniel at Wealthy Affiliate:
(By the way, you need to be a member of Wealthy Affiliate to watch the video, but you can easily sign up for a free account. It only takes a minute.)
As he says, the short answer is that there really isn’t a lot of difference in terms of what the user sees. Both have content on them displayed in a similar way. However, the longer answer is that there are some differences, and there are certain situations when one is a better choice over the other.
Pages tend to be static content forming the foundation of your website. So if you have some links in the menu that go to key pieces of content that are the core themes that your website is about, these should be pages. In essence: when you are thinking of pages, think about the core structure of your website. There are also some settings that you only get with pages: Parent Page and Template. However, there are some things missing in pages that are present in posts: tags and comments – although you can install plugins to get those functions on pages. Also, pages don’t have dates on them like posts do.
Posts are best for your regular updates, e.g. blog posts. So if you are writing about new products or news, these should be posts. They have a comment section by default, as well as an area to input tags, which is great for keywords for SEO. Do you know it’s actually possible to rank in Google for keywords that you put in the tag section? Yes, even if they are not the main keyword of the post. Posts also have categories, which is a great way to organise your content around various subtopics.
Another great advantage of using posts is that they will appear in the “Recent Posts” area of your website’s sidebar if you have a recent posts area that is.
But what if you make a page when you should have made a post, or if you made a post when you should have made a page? You can get a plugin which will convert a page to a post. But this may not be worth bothering with just because you made that little mistake. But there are other solutions, as Natanniel shows in the video.
Anyway, I hope you found the above video helpful. There are plenty more helpful training videos like this at Wealthy Affiliate. By signing up as a free member, you can get access to many of them.
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