postspagesPosts and Pages

When adding content to your WordPress site, the first decision you’ll need to make is whether you’ll create a post or a page. Both allow you to create similar content, but they have distinct functions in WordPress.

The two columns below compare and contrast the two main content types to help you decide which to use when adding content to your site.

Page

Static content that remains relevant over time. For example, an “about” page or a page that explains your grading policies.

New pages and page updates are not syndicated. When you publish a new post, an update is sent out to anyone who subscribes to your blog about that new post. This doesn’t happen with pages.

Hierarchical organization by default. Pages are organized into “parent” and “child” pages. In other words, pages can have sub-pages extending down multiple levels to better organize content. For this reason, pages do not usually list a date and time.

No tags or categories. Pages are not associated with tags or categories, so they must be linked to either through the menu or through other pages.

Probably won’t have comments. While you can allow comments on pages, this isn’t common. Usually, comments only happen on posts.

Post

Dynamic, timely content that is usually relevant for only a limited amount of time.  For example, announcements about upcoming assignments or events.

New posts are syndicated. When you publish a new post, an update about that new post is sent out to anyone who subscribes to your blog.

Chronological organization by default. Posts are organized by date and time, usually showing the most-recent post first.

Tags and categories. You can further organize posts by adding categories or tags. These keywords also provide additional information about the content of the post. See the Tags and Categories page for more information.

Allow comments by default. While you can turn comments off on posts, they are enabled by default. Posts often serve as the starting point for a conversation that occurs in the comments on that post.