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Basics of Posts vs. Pages in WordPress

Bare Bones of WordPress: Posts vs. Pages

Most of the work that goes into a WordPress site happens on the dashboard – the back end section of the site! This section is never seen by the people who visit or interact with the site, and instead serves as a general control panel for the content you want to create and share.


So, what content can you produce through WordPress?

There are two major components that are the heart and soul of creating content on WordPress:

  1. Posts
  2. Pages


Posts are what we generally think of when we think of an online blog type website. They are active and movable pieces of content which tend to be more time sensitive and move in and out of a feed as you create more content. This kind of content can be further organized through the use of tags and categories, which are also available through the dashboard. These not only can help users interact more directly and efficiently with the content, but it can also help you as the creator of the content by being able to edit and arrange things easier.

Pages are more static versions of content that tend to be staple content of a person or company. Using the word static does not mean that this content is set in stone or unmovable, merely that it stays in a discrete and often labeled spot on a website. Common types of pages are a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or an About Me page. This content tends to be more about logistics, or general information that you want people to have easy access to. As you get acquainted with WordPress, you can learn how to rearrange pages to present users with the content you want them to see first and foremost. You can also use pages to better organize your post content based on the previously mentioned tags and categories.  

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