WP Tutorial #3 – Pages vs Posts
So I have been getting a lot of emails lately asking me about the differences in WordPress pages vs posts. I probably should have covered this before I starting writing about how to create a new post but hopefully this will help you understand a little better how everything works.
So we have already explained what Posts/Articles are in our previous post. They are essentially the blog articles that you wish to publish now and in the future. You are able to add tags and categories to these articles. This will help organize your articles on your website. You are also able to link to those pages by going to the “Tags” page and “Categories” page. We will explain each in greater detail below so hopefully you come out of this with a better understanding of how each work within the website.
Pages are static and can have their own templates. If you take a look at the image below you will see the different page options that this particular theme has with it. You will want to use the templates that correspond with the type of page you are creating. The “full width page” template will give you a single column to work with where as the “default template” will typically come with either two or three columns to work with (depending on your theme).
Example Use of Pages:
- Company About Page
- Legal Disclaimers
- 404 Page
- Service Pages
Posts (also called articles) are used a lot of the time to promote conversation. It will honestly make up for at least 75% of your website as time goes on. If you are looking to gain traffic from articles then we recommend that you write great content at least once a week over a period of at least a year. Once you have started writing on a frequent basis for a few months, you should see a lot of natural saturation into search engines and if you are adding the articles to social media you will more than likely see more and more traffic from those avenues as well. Posts will be listed in reverse chronological order by time and date. This makes it possible to use RSS feeds that can be organized based on categories and/or tags. You can take this a step further and blasts these through emails using services such as Aweber, MailChimp, ActiveCampaign, GetResponse, CakeMail, Constant Contact, etc (there are literally hundreds of these out there). This will enable you to keep your readers informed of when new articles are written. In terms of social media, you can use services like IFTTT, Elastic.io, Zapier, etc to automatically post to your social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. There are also several plugins to choose from and you just need to go to WordPress.org to find out what those are. Here is what the posts page for this article looks like.
You can see that it almost looks like a Microsoft Word document in a way. This (in our opinion) is what makes WordPress probably the most comprehensive user-friendly content management systems out there. It is very easy to start using your website once you have figured it all out. If you ever have questions, please just let us know by either visiting our support site at Tiyoo.us or emailing us.