WordPress, by default, supports two similar, yet unique, types of content - Posts and Pages. It’s important to understand and distinguish between these two types of content when writing for your blog.
The first type of content is a Post. Most blogs rely primarily on this type of content. Posts are the part of a blog that keeps the site fresh with constantly changing information. Posts tend to be listed on the front page of a blog in reverse chronological order, ie most recent content first. In order to allow filtering of posts categories and tags can be assigned to a post. This allows readers to select a subset of content from the website. Posts also appear in RSS feeds.
- Posts are Listed in Reverse Chronological Order
- Post listings can be filtered by author, tag, category, date, etc, using the built in WordPress archive linking system
- Posts are listed in the RSS Feed for the website
The second type of content generally found on a WordPress blog is a Page. A page is distiguished from a post most often by it’s more static and long term availability. Pages will contain the same types of information that you would find on a traditional, static website.
- Pages generally contain content that is intended for long term availability
- Pages are NOT included in the RSS Feeds for the website
- Pages can be created in a hierarchy with top level pages and sub-pages
When would a Page be used rather than a Post?
- Content that will be structured more like a traditional website with a page/sub-page hierarchy
- Content that should always be available from every page of your website
Basic Examples of Pages
- About Us
- Contact Us
- Services Provided
- Legal Policies
- Media Kit or Advertising information
- WordPress codex article on pages
- WordPress.com support article on pages vs posts
- Screencast covering Pages vs Posts (older version of WordPress shown in video)
- Pages vs Posts
- WordPress For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
- Building a WordPress Blog People Want to Read
- Easy Guide to Blogging (vol.1 ) – WordPress Blog Basics