Differences between pages and posts in WordPress. Before we get into WordPress pages, here are the main characteristics of WordPress posts.
Differences between pages and posts in WordPress
First of all, the posts are part of the blog. As you create posts, they are ordered chronologically one after another as part of the Feed. The conclusion is that the date is important and marks one of its main uses: they serve to create “temporary” content, understanding this as content that is generally linked to a date.
It will also be content displayed in the RSS feed to which people can subscribe.
2.-WordPress posts, by default, are “connected” to two taxonomies: categories and tags. This is undoubtedly another feature since, thanks to these taxonomies; the posts can be better organized by creating new Feeds by theme or similar features.
3.- WordPress posts, by default, can use different formats to present their content. We have already seen that this depends a lot on each theme, but whatever it is, it is something unique to the posts.
4.- The Blog or Feed of posts can be set as the website’s front page. But a post by itself can’t be on the front page of our website.
So we will use the posts to create new and different content, such as articles, news, and events, organized by categories and tags and following a chronological (temporal) order.
All the options for WordPress pages
WordPress pages are very similar in many ways to posts. The page management page is almost identical to the blog post management page.
And when it comes to creating a page, it’s the same. The only difference is that we cannot add categories and tags to the pages. They also have no formatting, and comments are globally disabled by default. But otherwise, a page is created just like a post.
So I’m going to focus on the characteristics of WordPress pages.
1.- They are static and timeless. This means that, although they have an internal date, their nature does not revolve around the date. That is to say, they need to be organized according to their date. They are designed to create timeless content such as the About Us page or the contact page.
Consequently, they are not part of the Feed and will not be sent to RSS readers.
2.- They are organized hierarchically. That is, you can create a page, and then when you create another one, you can include it as a “child page” of the previous one. Thus, WordPress pages present a new box where you can choose the level of the page, which can be without the top level or under another page already created. This could be used, for example, to place all the team members under a page that is a team. You can see it clearly in the video.
3.- You have two more options in this new box, Attributes. One option is the order, which says which child page goes before another. But the most interesting option in Attributes is undoubtedly the selection of templates. Pages can have templates. And this means that they can adopt different layouts (templates) to display the content. Also, if you don’t like the templates that come with your theme, you can always create new templates. But this is already at an intermediate level, and we will see it in the future.
4.- WordPress pages can be set as Home. We could create a specific page for our website’s Home and then select it.