WordPress Posts Versus Pages
With so many people using WordPress for blogs or buiness websites, it is important to know the difference between Posts and Pages and how to use them effeciently.
A WordPress Post is the feature in WordPress that you use to engage your readers. Posts are shared by Twitter followers and Facebook Fans, as well as Linkedin, and many other Web 2.0 applications (even YouTube).
- Sharing: There are numerous plugins in WordPress that allow your readers to share content easily and rapidly. The majority of the plugins allow you the option to turn off the sharing capability on WordPress Pages (we can help with this, speak to us how to).
- Comments: WordPress Pages and Posts both have features for commenting. However, it is recommended that you turn off the comments capability on Pages. You don’t want to discourage your readers from commenting on your posts. And know this, you can turn off comments in any of your Posts or Pages as you wish.
WordPress Pages are static within your blog. They are more or less the equivalent of the "About Us" or "Contact us" page in a website.
- Are always published in reverse chronological order on your WordPress blog index page. This feature allows your visitors to see your most recent posts first and if they are interested, they can search for related posts in your archives after that.
- Are usually short and sweet amounts of content whose objective is to entice the reader over time. This increases your traffic and hold them, which can (and often does) eventually turn those readers into loyal business connections.
- Allow visitors to choose where they want to go by choosing specific tags and categories.
- Are good for dynamic content that you want to use over and over again.
- Allow you to specify tags and categories.
- Can us them to show videos, galleries, mp3’s, and much more.
- Are not published with any schedule in mind. Because of this, they are not syndicated through real simple search (RSS) feeds or Email blog broadcast services.
- Allows you to create a structure of levels within your site.
- Are good for static content that you only intend to write once.
- Can easily be added to WordPress’s menu system.
- Do not allow you to specify tags and categories.
- You can use different page templates with them. (Pages with side bar or not, full pages for Maps, etc)
- Can have subpages within the pages.
In WordPress, both Pages and Posts have a great deal of importance. You just need to be clear on how you want to use your content. Both Pages and Posts will let you save drafts of your work before you hit the “Publish” button. Additionally, it will keep a copy of the drafts that you have worked on so that you can return to any one of those at a later date. WordPress is an excellent tool and you should try to leverage it as much as you can for your blog and your business.