If you’re just starting out with blogging, you might be confused about the difference between “posts” and “pages”.
Generally, a “webpage” or simply a “page” is any piece of content on the web at a specific URL. So this post (www.dailyblogtips.com/posts-vs-pages) definitely counts as a webpage.
Our home page, www.dailyblogtips.com, is also a webpage, with a list of excerpts from our latest posts included.
When you hear advice about writing great content for the web, you can think of your blog posts as just a type of webpage.
WordPress gets more specific though, dividing your content into what they call “posts” (blog posts) and “pages”.
Here’s what that means.
Posts are Dated, Chronological Content
Your blog posts will generally appear in reverse chronological order. They have a date attached (even though some blogs remove this, it’s still visible to search engines and in RSS readers). They usually, though not always, allow comments.
Posts must have a category in WordPress, and may have one or more tags. By default, your posts appear on your home page, when someone goes to your domain – e.g. www.dailyblogtips.com. You can change this if you want to and have a static front page.
When you publish a new post, it goes out to your RSS and email subscribers straight away.
Pages are Undated, Semi-Static Content
You’ll often hear pages described as “static” content, though I think that can be a bit confusing, because many bloggers will update and change their pages over time. In general, though, pages are more timeless than blog posts and might be referred to frequently by new visitors.
Typical pages are your About page and Contact page. It’s a good idea not to publish these as posts, or they’ll quickly disappear from your home page into your archives.
Pages also function a bit differently from posts. They don’t have categories or tags, and many bloggers switch off comments on pages to keep things simple and uncluttered. You can also nest pages hierarchically.
Pages don’t go out in your RSS feed, so if you want to alert RSS/email readers to a new page, you will need to mention it in a post. Of course you can also add the page to the navigation menu on your site.
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