Many who are new to WordPress become confused about what the differences are between a post and a page so, I will attempt to clear up that confusion in this post.
What You Will Learn:
- What is a page in WordPress
- What is a post in WordPress
- The differences between posts and pages
- How to create a page in WordPress
- How to create a static homepage
- How to create a post in WordPress
- How to make a sticky post
- How to schedule a post
What Is A Page In WordPress?
We normally refer to pages as being static in nature because they are populated with content that doesn’t change frequently and used mostly for the basic structure and supporting pages of your website.
In WordPress, pages are actually pseudo-static because of the way they are generated, however, most people simply want to know what type of content to put on a page or a post so, I won’t get too technical in this article.
Pages are also hierarchical, meaning that you can have sub-pages which are referred to as Parent and Child pages within the editor but, you can not add them to Categories or Tags, as you can with Posts.
Pages are also not listed or categorized by date and are usually displayed on your site by adding them to a navigation menu.
These menus could either be the primary menu that is normally located at the top of your site or, in a secondary menu that could also be at the top, in a sidebar or, in the footer, depending upon what is supported by your specific theme.
The types of pages that are some of the most common are:
- About Me
- Copyright/Legal Information
- Press Release/Media
- Sales Pages
- Landing Pages
- Thank You Pages
- Static Home Page
Pages are also commonly used for cornerstone or pillar content due to it being evergreen (timeless).
Pages are not added to the RSS feed and do not have comments enabled by default.
What Is A Post In WordPress?
Posts are for the blog content on your website and are more timely in nature.
When published, posts normally show the date and time, while also displaying the author who created the post.
In WordPress, the home page is your blogroll by default and posts are automatically added in reverse chronological order with the newest being displayed at the top.
You can make a post sticky so that your chosen post will always be displayed at the top of the blogroll.
Posts are also organized by using categories and tags, are added to an archive page and, are added to your RSS feed.
Posts are considered to be better for SEO due to the timeliness of the content and the fact that they are more social in that you can have on-going discussions via the comment section that is added to the bottom of posts.
The comment section can also be manually enabled on pages but, it is not normally recommended which is the reason they are not enabled by default.
When building out a blog, posts will make up the majority of your content.
How To Create A Page In WordPress
From your WordPress dashboard, hover over pages in the left menu and click “Add New”.
Alternately, you can click “New” in the upper toolbar and then click pages.
This will open up the new page in your editor where you can add a title and write the content.
If this is a one-off or a Parent page then, under Page Attributes, leave it at the default as “no parent”.
If you wish to create this as a sub-page then click the drop-down to select which Parent page you wish to place this page under then, designate the page order in the box below.
Note: Creating sub-pages (child pages) has no effect on the navigation menu and you will need to configure your drop-down navigation menu manually.
When creating your page, if you want to save at any point to continue working later, click the “save draft” button in the upper right.
When you feel your page is ready for prime time then, click the “Publish” button to make it live on your site.
How To Create A Static Home Page
In WordPress, your home page is your blogroll by default and will display your posts, however, there are times when you may want a static homepage instead.
A static homepage is useful if you want to welcome visitors to your site with an introductory message or if you are trying to create a more traditional website, such as an e-commerce site, for example.
Some static home pages also feature a slider image, if the theme you are using supports that and, many also feature the latest posts under the introductory message.
The first thing you need to do is to add a new page and title it “Home”.
You can leave it blank for now.
Next, create another new blank page and title it “Blog” or, whatever you feel is appropriate.
After publishing both pages, navigate to “Settings” and then “Reading” in your WordPress Dashboard.
Click the radio button for your front page to display a “static” page and from the front page drop-down select “Home” then choose “Blog” to select your posts page.
While you are still on the Reading Settings page, it is also a good idea to click the radio button for each article in the feed to display a summary as you wouldn’t really want to display a full post on the main blog page.
Be sure to save your changes.
Now you can go back to the page editor and configure your Home Page to your liking but, make sure to leave the Blog Page blank as it will automatically become populated as you create posts.
How To Create A Post In WordPress
Creating a post in WordPress is very similar to creating a page.
From the dashboard menu select “Post” then “Add New”
You will notice there are some different options available that were not included when you created your pages along the right-hand side of the page.
Most of the blog posts you write will most likely be in standard format but, WordPress has included the ability to format your posts differently depending upon the type of content you are publishing when using themes that support them.
As stated above, published posts are automatically added to the blogroll in reverse chronological order but, posts can be categorized by topic to make them easier to find as you build out your site.
Categories, if you wish to display them for navigation purposes are normally added to the sidebar or footer through the use of widgets.
It is generally advised as a best practice to list a post in only one category.
Tags are another way the categorize posts but they are more laser focused than categories.
Categories are similar to the table of contents in a book with tags being the index.
Posts can have one or several tags.
How To Make A Sticky Post
In WordPress, if you want a particular post to always remain at the top of your blogroll, you can make it sticky.
In the upper right of the editor, you will see the publishing options.
The visibility is set to public by default and clicking the “edit” link will bring up some other options, as shown in the screenshot below.
Check the box next to “stick this post to the front page” then click “OK” and “Publish”.
Now when you visit your site, you will see the selected post at the very top of the blogroll and will remain there unless you undo this action.
This is where you would also make a page Private or Password Protected should you wish to do that with any of your pages.
Naturally, if you choose Password Protected, it will then prompt you to add a password.
Scheduling A Post
When publishing a post, it will publish immediately by default, however, there are times when you may want to set up your WordPress editor to publish at a later date.
Many bloggers have a posting schedule and publish posts say, 2 or 3 per week or even once per week.
If your writing has been completed ahead of schedule, you will be able to choose the date and time to automatically publish.
This is especially convenient if you are going away on vacation and don’t plan on having internet access during that time.
Clicking the “edit” link next to “Publish Immediately” will bring up the option shown below.
Simply configure your preferred date and time and you are all set.
Be sure to click OK and Publish.
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