Pages vs. Posts

Depending on how you use your website, the distinction between pages and posts can be very important.

Simply put, pages are non-dated and intended to convey the same information any time they are viewed.  An overview or information that stays relatively the same over time is the situation where you use a page.

Posts are dated entries that appear in reverse chronological order.  The perfect format for blogs and sites that are updated very often, posts appear on sites where visitors come back time and time again to see the new content posted.

Dated posts appear in reverse chronological order

In this test drive, there are posts and the most recent can be linked to from the left sidebar.  There is no link to a posts view page in the nav menu simply because there won’t be any posts beyond a few examples.  This site is configured to have the same static page first every time it is viewed.

A good rule of thumb?  If your content will primarily be undated and fairly static then you’ll be creating pages.  If you anticipate adding new content very often, you’ll be using posts.  Of course, many sites use a mixture of both – often with a nav menu link to “latest news” (or something similar) that will bring up the posts category.  It’s mostly about what YOU want as the options are almost endless!  (And don’t forget that you are in control for changing your content anytime you want to!)

A note about comments and two-way communication.  Using WordPress as your content management system allows comments to be posted on anything your create.  Some make use of this function while others do not.  Many that do want comments will enable them on dated posts and keep them disabled on all undated pages.

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Comments are where WordPress allows two-way communication

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