Last week I signed in to my Quora account and I saw a question about what is the difference between posts and pages in a blog. I realized that most of new bloggers get confused between blog posts and pages. They are unable to differentiate them properly. In fact the terms posts and pages comes with blogger by default.
Most of newbies wonder and confused when to use their blog posts and pages. As they are generally more identical to each other. They confuses in when they see similar dashboard for posts and pages. These newbies further wonder that when I should use both of them and what is the real difference between posts and pages? similarly, they don’t know when and where should I use posts? When and where should I use pages?
Keeping these points and the basic needs of newbies we have, therefore, decided to look at this question and prepare a cool article on this topic. In this blog post, we will try to explain the difference between posts and pages in lay-man terms. Normally this is the question that comes from newbies, who don’t know much more about blogging. So in this blog post we will try to cover this topic in a better manner.
Probably you may have visited several website and blogs for searching your desired information. You may have visited and read their posts. In most cases you might go to the site to read their latest posts. These posts may be on the home page or they might be sent straight to your inbox through subscription.
In this technological world, one cannot remain without social media. As a result, you may follow some sites on social media networks, and due to following them you may see their posting links to their latest posts. Remember that as blogger, posts are not the only kind of content you can create. Our main point is that whatever the blogging platform your use, you will have two different types of methods in order to publish your latest content. These two methods comes in the form of blog posts or blog pages.
Exact Difference Between Blog Posts and Pages
We also have prepared one foremost list of differences between posts and pages. In this list you will easily identity the real difference between each of them. The differences are not that significant in terms of numbers, but they still need some attention.
Posts have limit vs. Pages are not.
Posts are timely vs. Pages has no expiry date.
Posts appears at Home vs. Pages are not appearing at Home.
Posts are social friendly vs. Pages are not.
Posts can be assigned to categories vs. Pages can’t be assigned to categories.
Posts can be sent through RSS vs. Pages can be sent.
Posts are created in order to gain attention vs. Pages are used for marketing purpose.
You cannot use one post as Homepage vs. One page can be used as Home Page.
Pages provides information about you and your site vs. Post do not.
Pages proving information about “Terms & conditions” vs. Post do not.
Pages provide information about list of posts vs. Posts do not.
Pages provide information about your products and sale vs. Post do not.
Important pages will normally be linked with your other top navigation.
Some Best Practices of Posts & Pages
In this section we will provide some best practices of posts and pages. We will discuss its effective role in your site. You can get great results out of your site/blog, and to make it a better experience for your readers. You can use different attributes of posts and pages to take good results from your site.
In the below lines we have provided a few key points you must think about:
As you know that when an article, news or stories etc. is published, it appears in revers chronological order. Simply means that new posts will appear at the top of the list. When you carefully look at these content you will see that time and date will be provided with each of them. The time and date will easily show up when they were published on this site.
Those readers who have already subscribed to their desired specified sites for getting updates via email or RSS will be automatically updated when new articles are published. Thus it is clear that posts can be sent to subscribers via RSS Feeds or their concerned email addresses.
Most bloggers uses posts as their site content. Posts are mostly used for the majority of their site’s content. They acts like content entries in order to display your site’s content on the basis of publishing timing. If you deeply look at a blog, you will see find that their old posts are archived on the basis of date, months and years. You can use the option of “Label” to systematically categorize your blog posts in a good manner.
Generally in posts, time option is available and you can use this option for education and many more purposes. You can also use it for discussions, news, discussion, tutorials, blog articles, opinions and many more of such kind. Every site posts appears in a chronological order on the home page and also in the blog archives.
One another feature of posts is that whenever a new post is published they can be used in RSS Feeds and can be sent to subscribers via their email addresses. You can also share your posts on social media by using the social sharing plugins option. There are several social sharing plugins available in WordPress Plugin Directory and you can choose from according to your own requirements. These social sharing plugins are used to spread your blog posts on social media and get more social traffic.
With this unique option, your site users would be able to share your posts on different social media platforms i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Reddit and Medium etc. you can also allow your audience to post comments on your articles. By default, your site readers are allowed to post comments on your blog posts. In this way your site users will be engaged and they will be able to comment on their desired topics. You can also turn off this feature if you don’t want that your readers to comment on your blog posts. The commenting feature can be turn off from your site settings.
Your blog posts must be divided into different categories. Linking your posts with their relevant categories will help to organize your blog. This will help you especially in the case of if you use categories in your navigation bar or let your readers to filter your blog posts in your archives categories.
Whenever you publish a new post you have to make you have set a category for each of your new posts. If you don’t assign category, it will automatically go to the default “uncategorized”. One important point should be remembered here that you can rename this “uncategorized” default category to something else that you think for many of your posts should be assigned. Let suppose you write about blogging, so in this case your default category might be “blogging tips”.
While publishing your posts, you can also use tags in order to further organize your pages. With the help of tags your readers can easily navigate your site. It can also be used to minimize the load on categories. But one point should be kept in mind that you have to avoid duplicating your tags and categories with each other. To further improve your site SEO ranking you have to effectively use categories and tags to gain the most of it.
Blog pages have little difference from that of blog posts. Actually blog pages are static content. By static content we doesn’t mean that blog pages can never be changed. You can change and update your blog pages. But one point should be remembered that blog pages won’t be superseded by new pages the way like blog posts might.
Also look at can you separate pages for “Contact Details for 2018”, “Contact Details for 2019” and “Contact Details for 2020” etc. obviously not. Remember that you can have one contact page, one privacy page and one terms & conditions page. And you can’t have separate pages for each on the above items.
You can use page option as parent pages. For example, a page can be a parent to other pages. Let suppose, you could have a general page, as a parent page, for products. Now you can use this page as parent page and two, three or more pages under that parent page as sub-pages. Once you set up the two or three product pages, you can then select “Products” as their parent page.
Now depending upon which theme and blog platform you use, “Products” may appear in your main navigation menu with a drop-down list. This drop-down list will show the two or three different products under your sub-pages. Your site permalink URL for parent page and sub-pages will may look like this,
You can make this arrangement by setting it up manually, according to your choice. If you want to make this arrangement, you can do it by going to your WordPress main Dashboard >>> Appearance >>> Menu.
You can also use Password protection option for your pages. And with this option, you pages are more commonly password-protected. With the help of password-protection option, you can give your readers with some exclusive content.
One other point should also necessary to be kept in mind that pages don’t have time stamp.it is, therefore, pages can’t be sent out to subscribers/audiences through email or RSS. In most cases you will have seen that site owners didn’t allowed comments on their pages, however some may have allowed comments on their pages.
Which one is best for SEO, Posts or Pages?
We also noticed peoples asking about which one is best for SEO point of view, post or pages. They are asking that is there any benefit in terms of SEO while using posts or pages? So our advice is that most popular search engines, like Google and Bing, prefer to unique and fresh content. These search engines love those content that is created recently and that is full of all necessary information about the topic. And as a newbie, you don’t have to worry about that, you just have to focus more on creating your unique content.
We have tried our best to clarify the difference between posts and pages. We are confident this blog post will have helped you a lot. You can create your pages just by signing into your WordPress site. Now go to your WordPress Dashboard → create a New Page.
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