If you are not clear on the difference between a post and a page in WordPress – don't worry, it is a common cause of confusion especially if you are just starting a blog.
It is confusing because the way you create a post or a page is very similar and the published version of either one look very much alike.
The Main Differences Between a Post and a Page in WordPress
These are the primary differences between posts and pages in WordPress:
- On the WordPress backend, you enter posts and pages in different parts of the WordPress editor.
- Posts will show up in your website's feed but pages will not.
About Posts in WordPress
I took a screenshot of my WordPress dashboard (in the Classic Editor) as I typed this post to show you the difference between a post and a page in WordPress on the backend.
Right now I am writing a post.
A post is a blog entry that shows up chronologically on your blog page.
However, once a post is published, if you click on its title, you will be taken to a webpage that only contains that post and no other blog posts that you have written.
This is because your post has it's own URL (which is the web address that shows up in your browsers address bar).
So, on my website, for example, the following URL's will take you to this blog post in different ways:
- Homepage: https://almostpractical.com
- Blog page: https://almostpractical.com/blog/
- This post: https://almostpractical.com/difference-post-page-wordpress/
Because I wrote this article as a “post” you will be able to find it chronologically in my running list of blog posts on my blog page.
On the other hand (read more below) if I had written this article as a “page” then it would not show up on my blog page at all.
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About Pages in WordPress
A page in WordPress is kind of a standalone thing.
Typically you use a page for information that is more static in nature.
For example, on this website the following links are for parts of my site that are WordPress “pages”:
- About page: https://almostpractical.com/about/
- Contact page: https://almostpractical.com/contact/
I would not have written these pages as “posts” because I don't want them in my blog feed.
This is because the information is not of an article type nature.
In the WordPress editor, you create your “pages” using the pages option in the left-hand column.
The editor itself is very similar to the “posts” editor (see screenshot below).
So, be aware of which editor you are in when creating a post or a page in WordPress.
What About Your Homepage?
WordPress allows you to choose whether you want a page on your website as a static homepage or have a list of your recent blog post show up on your homepage.
If you have a business, you may want to choose a static homepage where you can display some standard information like hours of operation, what your business is about, etc.
You Can Also Choose A Hybrid Homepage
Some WordPress themes, like the Sprinkle WordPress theme from Restored316 Designs or the Brunch Pro Theme (the one that I use) from Feast Designs, allow you to display both static elements and also your latest blog posts right on your homepage.
This works well for me since I am a blogger and am always adding new posts to this website.
But you can see how the lines between a blog and a website are getting blurred.
Another Important Difference Between a Post and a Page in WordPress
Until you find your own groove, you may wonder whether you should create a page or post for some information that you want to add to your site.
Personally, I feel that a post reaches farther than a page.
Because a post shows up in your feed, anyone that subscribes to your site via a feed reader – will see your post right away.
In addition, if you use a “related posts” type plugin (if you do, be careful which one you choose because they can slow your site down – but that is a topic for another day), this plugin only display posts, not pages.
So, for the most part, I usually create a post over a page, as much as possible.
Do you have more blogging questions?
I hope that I have explained the difference between a post and a page in WordPress in a way that is easy to understand.
If you have any questions, just a leave a comment below and let me know.
Also, you may want to take a look at these Blogging for Beginners FAQ's where I address other issues facing new bloggers.