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What is The Difference Between a Page and a Post on My WordPress Website?

Book pagesWordPress is a wonderful platform for building websites – it is why we only build websites with WordPress at Design TLC, and why about ⅓ of all websites in the world use this open source software. When it was started as a blogging platform, WordPress only offered “Posts” as a type of content on a website. As it evolved into a complete website platform, WordPress launched the opportunity to create many different types of content. Today WordPress includes two content types in the Dashboard: “Posts” and “Pages.”

There is not much difference between Posts and Pages from the standpoint of the structure in the WordPress database. However, the way these two content types are used is notable. “Posts” describe content listed in reverse chronological order on a website’s Home page or “Blog” page. Posts are meant to be timely and WordPress creates a Post content “archive.” Posts can be organized into categories and tagged with terms to make them searchable.. Posts are also syndicated through the RSS feeds. This allows readers to be notified of via RSS feeds when a new Post is published. Typically, Posts are not replaced with new or updated content after they have been published (although edits and corrections, and any changes can technically be made). New Posts serve to provide updated content.

By contrast, Pages are meant to be static content such as the About Page, Services Page, Contact Page, Privacy Policy, etc. Content on Pages can be edited, changed and updated after it has been published, for example, if a new person joins your team, if you need to add new or updated information, you would update that information on the same page. Pages are not served via RSS Feed syndication and do not have a built-in category structure. If you build a new website, most likely the content you will be adding will be Pages, not Posts.

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