Posts n’ Pages

What’s the difference between Posts and Pages and how can I use them effectively?

The two basic ways that you will be adding content to your site is by adding new posts and adding new pages. Just how you use your posts and pages  will depend upon the type of site you are building (simple layout, eCommerce, gallery, blog, etc…) and the structure of your theme. But, in all likelihood, you will be using some combination of Posts and Pages. Our owl website is a good example of effective use of both Pages and Posts. I’ve also used a combination of posts and pages to create WpStudent.net, which we can dissect in class as we further examine these powerful “content containers”.

Pages

Pages in WordPress are built to be static stand alone places for information. Information that you probably won’t be changing very often.  Typical examples are an ‘About’ or ‘Contact’ page. And most sites prefer to have a Home page (your landing page) to be a Page.  But, this in not how you have to use pages. I’m only pointing out how pages typically get used and how to best utilize their designed purpose.

Mostly pages are also the landing pages from your navigation menu.

Not to confuse matters but you can also designate a “page” to be  the location of where all your posts are kept. This is typical for a blog-like site where you want the most recent postings to be the first things people see when they visit your site. This page however will not have any content of it’s own, it exists just for the displaying of posts.

Pages offer:

  • Allow for custom templates, so that some pages can be laid out differently.
  • Typically themes offer a wider variety of page layouts than they do for posts.
  • A solid menu navigation base.

 

 Posts

The roots of WordPress as a blogging platform are evident in the Post. Posts are time sensitive. They are set up to stack on a page in reverse chronological order from when they were published, one after the other down the page, so the visitor will always see the last, most recent, Post at the top of the page. Post also exist as stand alone pages with a layout format different than that of the Pages. Even if you intend to use your site as a mostly static Page centered site, there may be ways that Posts can be an effective element.

Posts offer:

  • Capability to show singly as a page but also in one page as a list of posts.
  • Allow for ‘Categories which can be a nice way to organize your site.
  • Give Author attribute.
  • more template varieties, or ‘post types’
  • In general posts have many more options hiding in the background which make them more flexible for themes to manipulate. Consequently themes are more geared to using posts as the main content delivery method. And an inspired WordPress site will often find creative uses of posts within a given theme.

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