WordPress Site Structure and the Difference Between Posts and Pages.
Now that you’re familiar with the WordPress Dashboard, you’re ready to start creating and publishing your content. Let’s take a quick look at a simple WordPress site and go over some commonly used terminology. And in this video, we’ll take a look at the two primary forms of content supported by WordPress: Posts and Pages.
As you can see, this theme was designed as a simple blog placing the focus on your fresh content and offering visitors a way to subscribe to get email updates in their inboxes. Since this theme is primarily intended to be used as a blog, the homepage displays blog posts on the left column, displaying them in reverse chronological order
At the top of the page is the logo and the navigation menu.
On the right-hand side you can see the primary side bar, which contains a couple of elements called widgets.
As we scroll down the page, you’ll notice that this sidebar stays in place, making it easy for visitors to see the sidebar content. In other themes or configurations, the sidebar may scroll along with the content.
It’s important to understand the difference between Posts and Pages in WordPress. To do that, let’s take a closer look at our WordPress demo website to demonstrate.
Posts, like you see on the home page here, are blog entries or articles, and the beauty of blog posts is they appear with the newest post at the top. The great thing about Posts is they can be sorted by categories, like the articles, news, or other categories on this demo site. They can be recipes, testimonials, media about your company or anything you have multiples of and want to be able to easily find the pieces of information in a search.
In addition to posts, you can also create static pages, like this About page or any type of page where you have only one or two such as About the team, About the Company, or any topic you want to stick in the navigation menu to find easily.
If you are using a blog style home page you can choose any other page to serve as a static Home Page. Let me show you what I mean by switching to yet another example site.
On this site, I’ve moved the blog from the homepage to its own dedicated page, and then selected a static page to serve as the homepage. If you like, you can omit the blog altogether and build a site that is made up of only pages. This particular layout makes it easier to see the differences between Posts and Pages.
So to reiterate, pages are typically used for static content, or content that doesn’t change very often. Pages are typically included in your site’s main navigation menu, which is usually located at or near the top of the site. Although, you would also include the Blog in your navigation menu, and can actually link to anything on your site or elsewhere in your navigation menu. Some good examples of static pages are the About Us or Contact pages.
It’s a good idea to include a blog in your site strategy, since fresh content is a magnet for Google. Each separate post can show up as an entry in a Google search. I have posts on my site that get many 50 – 100 visits a day for many years. As you can see, WordPress enables you to use a combination of static pages and blog posts to build any type of site you can imagine.