What’s the difference between a Page and a Post in WordPress?
Depending on the theme you use, some of the things in the table below might behave a little differently than what I show here (for instance, not all themes list the pages in the nav bar). But as a rule, this is how it works.
Ask your question in the comments below. I’ll update the table with appropriate info as it comes up!
(Note: In this post, Pages and Posts are capitalized to distinguish between them. If “pages” is not capitalized, I’m talking about pages in the general “web page” sense. )
|Examples||Blogs, Articles, News||About, Contact, Services, Policies|
|Type of Content||Dynamic|
(most recent displays
at top of page)
Only changes if you edit the Page
|How is it found?||Posts are displayed on the dynamic content page (i.e., Blog), category pages and tag pages||A link in the nav bar is created when a Page is created in most themes
(can be customized)
|Categories||At least one required||Not used|
(What is RSS?)
|Time Stamps||Used||Not used|
|Displayed in widgets||Manipulated in various ways|
i.e., Recent Posts, Popular Posts, Random Posts, etc.
|List of Pages only|
|Layout Templates||This is something people are working on for Posts, but it's still uncommon||Many themes provide templates for different Page layouts
(i.e., full width, archives, 404)
|Hierarchy||Post categories can have sub-categories, but Posts themselves cannot have sub-posts||Pages can have sub- or "child" Pages|
Allowing comments on blog posts is optional, but very, very common
Pages can allow commenting, but it's much less common than for posts