WordPress Pages Versus Posts, Which to Choose

So you have content, but you are not sure you want to go with pages or posts. Well, it really is not that difficult. A lot of people put together a site completely in posts without few pages. Or they make a page and enable comments, depending if their theme has that coded into the page template.

Even you can customize individual pages, since WordPress 3.0, you can customize individual posts. You also have the ability to adjust your menu from your WordPress admin panel to whatever you like if you have the wp_nav_menu php call into the theme itself.

Posts are normally considered an area of your website that will be updated frequently, while pages are more considered to be static. The difference- while both pages and posts are included in a sitemap (if you have a sitemap plugin installed… and you should), only posts are included in your RSS feeds (RSS- really simple syndication.) With the RSS, you can feed it into social network aggregation tools that will publish your posts to your social network handles.

However, you have to ask yourself – do you want comments on a page you will rarely update? What type of content are you putting up and how much of it? Remember for those internet marketers who like to use landing pages, enabling comments on a squeeze page might not be ideal.

If you like to put up mass quantities of items, for example, pixel images where you have a lot of images, you may want to use a page. Or you could release a few at a time in posts.

This is really something you have to decide on how you want to organize your site. If you make a page, you will have to announce the page somehow, especially if you want to drive attention to it.

Navigation is a big part to most sites. It is often the source of a visitor’s problem if your site is confusing to go from one area to the next, and back again with ease. Both posts and pages allow you to implement elements like breadcrumb navigation (a navigation you put at the top that tells you the path from that page you are on, and gives you a way to go back to the home page), links for next and previous post, navigation with numeral navigation (instead of older or newer post links), WP 3.0+ navigation menus, subpage navigation (you can have whole sections as a parent page and then children pages related to that section) and more.

It boils down how you want to organize your site. In fact, your sites organization has pull on your SEO. If search engines see that you have sections of your site that are grouped, they will list those under you
I usually put posts for what I am going to talk about and pages for things I may not update a lot.

Here is a good example of what I was talking about:

How have you organized your site by using pages and posts in WordPress?

Comments

  1. says

    Nice Write Up. I agree that pages should be added less frequently and should be reserved for timeless, static content; posts should be the go to for updates, news, blog posts, etc.

  2. says

    You touched on it bit but I like the fact we can now easily mix pages and categories in the menus section of our dashboard. I don’t see an option to add an individual blog posts to the nav menu (through the dashboard) so that’s another reason separate pages and posts.

    Like you said, it’s about organization. Links you want permanently displayed for everyone might be better suited as pages and included in the main navigation. That’s not to say pages have to be included in the menus, we can pick and choose now with WordPress without altering code e.g. [wp_list_pages(‘exclude=285,355].

    I just reorganized my blog categories to simplify navigation so this topic is pretty interesting to me.

  3. says

    Really interesting Niles. I’ve wondered about the logic behind a page only site … of course I’ve seen many, but never understood what would bring someone back to a site with fixed content unless there was some sort of registration or service involved. Thanks for the information!

    • says

      I am with you Marquita! I too didn’t understand this concept. Thank you Niles for making it clear. This is great information in which I can understand. (I’m not good at these things) Learning from your blog posts have been great. Please Keep it up.
      Blessings,
      Donna

  4. says

    I generally use pages for static pages about the site itself, whereas the posts are means for regular topics covered on the site for which the site is meant.

  5. says

    I have never heard of a page site until this post. Interesting. But I prefer to have both. There is some content that I want to stay up all the time and I love posting everyday to share with my readers.

  6. says

    One of my pages is a static wordpress page that I do allow comments on. But it is run as a review site with associate links so it works. I can see however if it were simply an informative page, comments would not work.

    Again, as you pointed out, its all about the content and purpose.

  7. says

    I use pages for more informational static pages, whereas posts are used for things that should be added to some sort of list.

    Very informative article you posted, it will help a lot of newbie WordPress owners to learn the true difference.

  8. says

    I am in LOVE with wordpress 3+. I have often wondered what the real difference is between pages and posts. I tend to look at this in terms of pages being the equivalent to static content and treat posts as dynamic content for news and rss feeds. Thanks for sharing, Nile !

  9. says

    I think that pages should be kept to static only content, more informational and “resource-like”. Posts are obviously for regularly updated info, and the option to add comments to have interaction with visitors. I think that it is better for SEO purposes to have your site set up this way.

  10. says

    I use both and pretty much like you stated. Except I never really thought of that image issue. I am not a photo site or have large images on my blog but if I choose to “show off” some images it seems like such a better idea to place them in a page.

    Thanks for the tip!

    ~Allie

  11. Farrell says

    If you are a blogger and the site is intended for blogging then choosing ‘post’ is a good decision since managing posts are easy and are supported by a lot of themes. Pages are also ‘posts’ as you can see in the URL if you use the default permalink but there are reasons why they are treated as special. There are also plugins that treat pages and posts differently.

  12. says

    Great tips, thanks! On my wordpress site I am going to use static pages for description of my services and posts for articles that may be somehow useful to my potental clients.

    • says

      Wordpress can do just about anything you want. It has gone from blog to fully functional CMS with the right plugins, and can do almost anything in-between rather well.

  13. says

    To page or post has been a recurring question for me on my site since it is mostly a business directory site. I have opted to go more for posts because I do update my info in the directory and write posts for each organization. I didn’t have a good plan when I first started the site and did have some major reorganization. This post was great for those starting out and I wish I would have found a similar post before I started mapping out my site as it would have saved me a lot of time.

  14. says

    Hi Nile,

    Thanks for considering this subject of pages and posts. It is a key issue for me. I recently put together a content site for a client that has many pages and we are yet to put up many posts. They achieved immediate rankings and I was blown away by the traffic that has converted into sales for them!! Also, Google organized their pages just as you show in the example above.

    It has taught me something. I think you want your pages to be very clearly planned out with the different areas of your business.

    Now that I am re-organizing my own businesses, I will pay close attention to this area.

    regards
    Clare

  15. says

    Before me and my friends were contemplating about this. When do we use page and post, and here is my opinion on the matter. I use page if the content is very broad and I use post to support that page.

  16. says

    I appreciate your post! I am trying to create a website similar. I have been reading a lot and found WordPress Posts VS. Pages … thanks again!

  17. says

    Hello again, Nile. Your posts are always very informative to us bloggers. Like you, I too use pages as static pools of information and posts for the dynamic content. Even if one is doing the right thing, it helps to know the “why” of it, especially from the SEO standpoint. Keep ’em coming. Cheers!

  18. says

    As what I have heard from fellow bloggers, a post is better that a static page as it will be indexed faster than the page. Now I know.. Thanks Niles

  19. says

    Although this is very simple to understand, there are still many people out there who simply don’t understand the differences when they first used WordPress. I would think this might be a good idea to keep their curiosity at ease…

  20. Shameka Hennagir says

    Thanks for the tips ahead. Post is the crucial part of a certain website than to have a static page. This is truly helpful. Thanks!

  21. says

    I use posts for blog updates and random articles. Pages are more for resources that i know will be frequently visited for the life of the site. Posts also keep content fresh!

  22. says

    I think it all depends on the site you are building. Some sites, I use more posts, while others I use more pages. That’s one of the great things about Wordpress.

  23. says

    I use both pages and posts on my wordpress site. I update it daily with new posts that include new music and such. I use pages for my static stuff like my About Me and stuff I have for sale, so that someone looking at my page can very easily find it by looking in the right hand column.

  24. says

    I’ve recently been using more pages because of the way I want the content to look. I know posts can be customized but I have not figured out how to make posts full-width compared to how easy it is to do that with pages. My needs have changed over the years and not until the past two months or so have I desired full-width pages. Now I use pages more than ever.

  25. says

    This is very helpful information for someone just starting out like myself. I have struggled with understanding when I should use a page vs. a post right from the start. This clears it up for the most part, and I appreciate your effort to do so for us!

  26. Brian lagoni says

    I mostly use pages for content i consider evergreen and post for my daily writings… But does it really matter that much?

    Thanks

    brian

  27. says

    Thanks for sharing this informative post Nile, both pages and posts can be used for the same reasons but for some purposes pages work better and for some others posts are better…

  28. says

    Very well explained there Neil.
    Also I would like to add that if you want to create a page very different looking from your regular posts for a specific purpose, you can always create a custom template for page and choose that template as per your need.
    It gives you an extra edge over the post’s area, where you don’t have a choice to choose a template.

  29. says

    Posts work very well for me , as i get an option to insert tags for them, as far as pages are considered they can be made for about us, privacy and disclaimer of your website.

    P.S : Though there is a plugin to add tags in the pages, but that makes the website quite sluggish at times.

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