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Posts versus Pages in WordPress

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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

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