Both pages and posts are used for your content, but they are not the same. Posts are entries displayed in reverse chronological order on your blog page or front page, while pages are static and not organized by date. In this movie, Carrie shows you when it’s best to use a page and when it’s best to use a post.
- Content is queen. It's easy to get started writing and publishing your words for the world to see. In your wordpress.com admin, you'll notice there's a spot for blog post and then another spot for pages. The difference is subtle but each option has a specific use. If you're using WordPress as a blog, you'll end up using post for most of your site's contents. Posts are listed in reverse chronological order so that your newest post always shows up on top. If you've visited other blogs, this concept is probably familiar to you.
You'll see the latest post on top and then scroll down to view the older posts. WordPress automatically archives your older content by month and year. You can also organize your posts with categories and tags, something that helps readers find your content more easily. Posts are also meant to be conversational. Each post has a built-in comment feature enabling users to interact with your content. They're also a part of your blog's RSS feed which means that people who subscribe to your blog via the reader, which we'll explore later, see your new post every time you hit publish.
So that's posts. Then, there are pages. Even though they're similar to posts, in that they can have a title, content and a featured image, pages are meant to be more static or timeless. This is content that won't change much over time. Examples of pages might be an about page or a contact page. Their publish date really doesn't matter and they're not intended to be social. For instance, you don't need to leave a comment on a contact page. They're also not sent to your subscribers via RSS. in short, pages make up the basic structure of a website while posts add supporting content and help drive traffic.
With these two content types available, you can keep your website informative, fresh and timely.
- Creating a WordPress.com account
- Updating your profile
- Importing content
- Publishing posts
- Applying categories and tags to posts
- Inserting images, videos, and other media
- Creating a new page
- Customizing your site with themes and widgets
- Managing users, notifications, and comments
- Using WordPress.com apps
- The limits of WordPress.com and the benefits of self-hosting