Posts vs Pages

Posts

Posts are content entries that are listed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s homepage. They are meant to be timely and organizable using categories and tags. Posts are archived accordingly to their dates, mainly based on its respective month and year. Syndication through RSS feeds are also achieved with the posts’ published dates. In this way, blog’s readers will be notified of the most recent post update via RSS feeds. Hence, it is extremely sociable and engaging as conversing is possible via comments. In addition, the available social sharing plugins enable your users to share posts in social media networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn etc. In order to enhance your readers’ experience, you may like to adjust the number of posts to be displayed for your blog by going to Settings -> Reading.

Pages

Pages are meant to be static and “one-off” type content. It comprises of About Page, privacy policy, legal disclaimers etc. Pages are timeless entities and are not supposed to ‘expire’. In other words, any updates to pages are possible, but they will not have dates tagged to them. By default, they are not included in your RSS feeds with no social sharing buttons nor comments, as they are not meant to be social. Pages are hierarchical in nature, but categorization is not possible. For example, you can have “Social Science” as a main page, and “History” and “Politics” as sub-pages. Depending on the theme in use, there may have a feature “Custom Page Templates”. This tool is handy when you are creating a landing or gallery page. In addition, there is a feature “Order” that allows the customization on the order of pages through assigning a number to it. Pages can be displayed in either the sidebar or the navigation bar on the top of the blog, depending on the theme in use. You can use plugins or code snippets to extend the functionalities for both content types.

The key differences of Posts and Pages are listed below, but subjected to exceptions.

Posts Page
Timely, dynamic content Timeless, static content
Social, engaging, encourage conversation Not social, suitable for static information
Included in RSS Feeds Not Included in RSS Feeds
Organized by Category Organized by Hierarchy

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