First of all, What is WordPress?
WordPress is one of the most popular Content Management Systems used for blogging. Almost a 60% of the websites are done on this platform due to the ease of use. Nowadays, HTML is not a must anymore. You can create entire authority sites without even knowing about HTML.
Many people using WordPress for the first time tend to get confused as to what they are creating, a post or a page. When you use WordPress as a blog you tend to post content on it and when you write something that is not bound to change for a long period it becomes a page.
One thing I’ve constantly been asked is what is the difference between a post and a page, so I started investigating about this issue, and I found that many people using WordPress for the first time tend to get confused as to what they are creating, either a post or a page.
How to distinguish between a page and a post on WordPress?
First of all, you will need to know that the uses that you can give to a Post differ a lot to the one of a page. Now, if you ask which is better, let me say that it will depend on your particular need. Let’s see some differences:
A post is dated, every time you submit a new post into your website, a date and time will appear. Also, when you make a post on WordPress, it gets chronologically stored in reverse order, so the newest ones will always look at the top unless you decide to make some of them “Sticky”.
A blog post is also “Time-sensitive” as they are usually used to write about something trendy (unless you write evergreen content) and can be shared in social platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
A Post can be grouped into categories. You can name these categories as you prefer and it helps your visitors and the search engines to understand which is your website structure. On a WordPress post, you will also be able to include Tags and authors.
Tags are used as secondary Keywords and will (quite often) help your website rank, but it is entirely optional.
All the features mentioned above are not included in a page.
As posts published are dated, they are syndicated to RSS Feeds. This helps you notify your audience when creating new content in your website.
This RSS feeds can also be used in email marketing campaigns with broadcast emails through services like Aweber or GetResponse. You can create a weekly newsletter for people to subscribe to it and get the latest news from your blog.
This feature is of course not available in pages.
So, just to summarize, a successful blog is one that distinguishes on what should go on a page and what on a post. Valuable information that will remain static over time should go on a “Page” whereas content that requires feedback or required regular updating must be presented as blog “posts”.
Thanks for reading!