If you’re new to web design, one of your first questions will surely be: WordPress Post vs. Page – which do you choose?
Being able to easily categorize content into posts and pages is one of the features that makes WordPress great. It’s a very simple distinction.
And thankfully, it’s also pretty simple to switch and turn posts into pages (and vice versa) if you ever need to in the future – I’ll show you how below. Let’s jump in.
WordPress Posts Vs Pages
The most important difference between WordPress posts and pages is that posts have a timestamp (ie, they record and usually display the date you published it).
This means that you want to use posts for your timely information – like a blog. Posts are meant for content that is current, updated often, and/or is meant to encourage discussion in a comment section or through social media.
So if you want to update your website with weekly menu specials or company news, for example, this is the kind of information you want to put in a post.
(Not sure if you have enough ‘stuff’ to keep a blog going? I’ve got some blogging inspiration tips here).
WordPress posts are displayed chronologically in reverse order, so your most recent content will appear at the top of your feed.
But don’t worry – if you ever need to play around with the order, you can do so by editing your ‘Published On’ date here:
Word to the wise – WordPress posts also offer more in the way of categorizing and tagging your content, which can be important if you plan to publish lots of posts.
And if you do plan to publish a lot of posts, this is where a premium WordPress theme like Extra can become really useful, because it’s designed for powering blogs. I’ve built this blog using Extra, for example, and love it so much I became an affiliate marketer.
Finally, WordPress posts can also be linked up to an RSS feed, if you choose to go that route.
So again, the key thing about posts is timeliness. Use them for content that you’d like your customers to read, but that they don’t necessarily need to read.
And that’s where pages come in. They’re for the ‘evergreen’ content on your site that your customers do need to read.
Use WordPress pages for static content that doesn’t change – like your Home Page, About Page, and Contact Page. This is for the pillar content on your site that will stand the test of time.
Pages are generally the links you’re going to put in your top menu. When you’re debating whether to use a WordPress post or page for a piece of content, then think about what you want in your menu. (Note that WordPress posts usually end up all displayed on a page of their own, entitled ‘Blog’ or ‘Stories’ or ‘News’, etc. Find some more names you can give your blog here).
So What Are You Reading Right Now?
Right now, this ‘WordPress Post Vs Page’ article is classified as a WordPress post. This is an article that I’m certainly proud of and happy to share, but it’s not make-or-break for my website.
How to Switch Between Posts and Pages
Now if you’re a newbie and this is your first website and you’re just so worried about making the wrong decision that you’re experiencing paralysis by analysis ….. RELAX!
While there is no automatic way to switch between posts and pages built in to WordPress, there are other ways to make the change. So if, down the line, you feel like you’ve made a classification mistake, you’ve still got some options.
First, you can simply upload a WordPress plugin that will take care of it for you. This should work no matter what WordPress theme you are using (assuming you are using a premium theme – because plugins don’t work on free WordPress.com websites).
And if you’re using Elegant Themes like I am for this website, then you can take advantage of the Divi Builder system to save a layout that you can easily use to makeover your page or post into the right format.
So there you have it. WordPress posts vs pages is an important distinction, but one that you can easily change if need be (assuming you are using the right WordPress theme).
As always, if anything is unclear, please reach out in the comments below, or email email@example.com – I’m happy to answer your questions. And good luck, WordPress newb! 🙂
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