Before we dive deep into the concepts of WordPress let me make you clear about the content types Posts and Pages. This is the second article of “How to build a website with wordpress step by step – Best Way”. Posts vs Pages are one of the most asked questions by many beginners as well the interviewers. Most of the beginners gets confused between these two because they see same kind of screen and options in their backend. So it is very necessary to understand the difference between these two content types and their usage. At first I’ll show you the key aspects of Posts Vs Pages then I’ll cover each one by one.
Key Differences – Posts Vs Pages
- Posts are interactive vs. Pages are non interactive.
- Posts are timely vs. Pages do not change much over time.
- Pages have different templates vs. Pages do not have them.
- Posts can be categorized with category and tags vs. Pages can not be categorized
- Posts are mostly shared vs Pages are less likely to be shared.
- RSS feeds include Posts vs Pages are not included.
Here are the few key differences between Posts and Pages which makes them a complete different content type from each other in terms of usage. Continue reading to know each of the differences in detail.
Posts are interactive vs. Pages are non interactive.
If you are planning to build a wordpress website for blogging purpose then you must be writing articles for your readers. In such articles you may be asking questions in between or want to tell something that that will beneficial to your readers. This interaction you are building with your readers are done by Posts only. “Raspberry Pi – With its usage” is the an example of a Post where I’m sharing some information to my readers as well as asking some from them at the end. Also you can improve the interactivity by enabling comments at the bottom of every posts.
Posts are timely vs. Pages do not change much over time.
In your blog you will be posting your articles in regular intervals. This can be an article per week or two article a week depending on how much time you spend. But every post is entitled with a time, the date, month and year when you publishe the post. And this information is used by wordpress to list your articles in a reversed chronological order and are also displayed to your readers.
In other hand Pages are not entitled with the time of its creation because there will a one and only About page of you website. Also the date of publication is also not displayed to your readers.
Pages have different templates vs. Pages do not have them.
While creating a page you will be having option to use one page template out of many provided by the theme. You can have a page with a sidebar or two. Also you can have a page with no sidebar at all. This is because a page can be used for may purposes like landing page, about, gallery and many more. In a landing page you can have a page with now sidebars to make the content more appealing where as in an about page you can have two sidebars to fit more content in a single page.
Whereas in Posts there are no option have different templates because Posts itself are displayed within a Page. Posts serve only one purpose and that is to provide information to your readers.
Posts can be categorized with category and tags vs. Pages can not be categorized
You can categorize your Posts using various categories and tags. This is done to improve the experience of visitors in your website so that they can decide out of many articles which category of articles they want to read.
Where as categorization is not done for pages instead they are managed in hierarchy. This is done to layout your website in a proper way with menus and sub menus.
Posts are mostly shared vs Pages are less likely to be shared.
Since your posts will be rich in content and will be having a lot of valuable information, they are more likely to get shared in social medias like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. Hence posts are the primary reason to get more traffic to your website / blog. Pages are not liked to be shared as much as Posts as they will be having very static contents.
RSS feeds include Posts vs Pages are not included.
Since Posts are having the time entitled with them, they are included in RSS feeds whereas Pages are not included in RSS feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary and is used to notify your website subscribers about the recent articles that you have posted. A RSS feed is an XML documents which contain except or full content with the author and date information. This is a very easy process where your readers will get to know about your articles without vising your website. I’ll cover RSS in details in a separate article since it is a big topic in itself. Subscribe here to get notified about my latest articles that I post.
So, thats all about Posts vs Pages. You will be relating all of this when you will be moving on to the next articles where we will be exploring all aspects of Posts and Page in details. Till then if you have any other differences between these in your mind then Let me know !!