Knowing the difference between WordPress Post vs Page can help you figure out which one to use on your website.
Inside WordPress there is not much difference in how it is stored in the database. To the reader, it isn’t obvious that there is much of a difference between a Post or a Page.
To you, the website owner and designer, Posts and Pages are used differently. Knowing the difference can help you organize and present your content more effectively.
Features of a Post
- Posts belong to a Category. A category is a high level way of organizing posts. Just like the chapters in a book, the articles are grouped within the chapter.
- Posts use Tags. Tags are the online equivalent of the terms in the index of a book.
- Posts are Date and Time sensitive. Posts are displayed based upon the latest dates.
Features of a Page
- A Page contains static information. This means that it is used to display content that does not change over time.
- A Page can have a “parent” which makes it a “Sub-Page”. This allows you to build a cascading menu of pages for your site navigation
- A Page can use a Page Template. It allows you to build a page with a layout that is different from the normal design of a page and assign it to the page when you create it. You can have as many page templates as you want.
You will perhaps notice that I refer to Post(s) in the plural form while I refer to a Page individually.
Pages are treated individually. Even the page layout can be made unique in the whole site by the using a custom page template. Landing Pages are an example of this.
Pages are ideal for use in Menus with the Sub-Page included with the Sub-Menu. This practice isn’t used as much anymore because Sub-Menus are difficult to use with mobile and iPad versions of the website.
Posts are aggregated by Category and displayed as part of a group. The Archives feature of WordPress organizes posts by Month and Date. By using this feature you can display all the posts in your according to month and date with one click of the mouse.