One of the things that many beginners find really confusing when creating new content for their website is in using WordPress posts and pages.

Posts and pages are two different ways you can publish content on WordPress. They seem to look the same on the website, but both content types function very differently.

To understand how to use each content type better, let’s look at some of their similarities and differences.

WordPress Posts

 

WordPress Pages

 

Updated on a regular schedule Remains static unless updated
Can display date and time stampDoes not display date and time
Displayed on blog index page from newest to oldest Left out of the main timeline of  the blog
Can be archived by the month and yearPages do not get archived
Included in the RSS feed, notifying subscribers when new posts are publishedExcluded from the RSS feed
Can be organized using categories and tagsCan be organized in a hierarchal structure

 

Cannot use custom templates

 

Can make use of custom templates for a unique design

 

Allows reader to leave comments and start conversationsNot intended for commenting so comment section is turned off by default
Can be shared in social media using social sharing pluginsDoes not allow social sharing buttons

You need to use both content types to publish different types of content on your website. But when should Posts be used and when should Pages be used?

Use WordPress Posts:

  • To write up blog posts
  • To write new content on a regular schedule to keep your site fresh
  • To make your content more shareable and social
  • To organize your content by category

Use WordPress Pages:

  • For writing one-off content, such as your About page, Services page or Contact page
  • For content that does not need to be updated on a regular schedule
  • For content that isn’t shareable or does need to be discussed
  • For content that is organized in your navigation

It’s important to know when to use WordPress Posts and Pages so you can keep all your content organized. Search engines like content on any website to be organized as this can greatly help them crawl your site and index your content easily, which, in turn, can greatly help your site rank high in search results.