To Post Or To Create A Page?

Teli Adlam —  November 8, 2005

I was asked a very good question this morning: What exactly are the WordPress Pages for anyway?

Well, while they may seem pointless to some people (and they very well may be depending on the topic of your website), they do serve a purpose.

The pages are there for those items on a blog which:

  • Shouldn’t be an actual entry to the blog, but are still necessary on the website
  • Content that should be easily accessible and not buried in the archives

From the WordPress Codex:

Pages, or WordPress Pages are like Posts, except they can do much more than Posts, and they live outside of the normal blog chronology. You can use Pages to organize and manage any amount of content.

A few good uses for WordPress pages are the ‘About‘, ‘Contact‘, and ‘Legal‘ pages. Each of these pages are essential to some blogs and shouldn’t be buried deep in the blog’s archives.

Teli Adlam

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9 responses to To Post Or To Create A Page?

  1. I’ve used pages for things like like an archive summary, glossary, link/resource pages and even a quiz. They help give a blog the feel and functionality of a “regular” website.

  2. Great Teli and Heloc!

    Sometimes I’ll use WP pages for sales letters of products I’m promoting.

  3. I realize I am stumbling upon this post quite late (I just found this awesome blog). However, I thought I would add my two cents on Pages. However, being a new blogger, I am definitely not authoritative on this issue.

    I am currently using a Page to provide a “home base” for a series I am writing. I decided this would help readers follow it easier, especially if they miss a post. You can check out the concept here: Series – Kill Your Mouse.

  4. Hi Lawrence,
    Welcome to the blog. Your 2 cents are always welcome here :).

    And I really appreciate your sharing because using pages as a “series hub” is an excellent idea!

    ~ Teli

  5. Howdy,

    I can’t for the life of me understand how to use the Pages. I created a subpage but found that to be entirely useless since the viewer cannot access the subpage unless I insert it into the sidebar. Also, what Page Order, Page Slug, and Parent Page do?

    I’m testing WordPress’s features out before transferring my blog over to WordPress, and I confess that understanding WordPress is significantly different than Blogger Beta.

    Is there a comprehensive site you know of that explains all this stuff?

    Thanks,

    Thomas

  6. Hello Teli,
    Although I’d like to add an About, Contact, and Privacy page. I would like to do it in a manner that does not create tabs at the top of the page next to the ‘Home’ tab. I’d just like to add a link in the footer pointing to the page, such as you have your Privacy, Disclaimer in the footer.
    How do I go about doing that?

  7. Soren at Island Vacation Tips September 30, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    To me the use of pages brings a WordPress blog much closer to a content management system (CMS platform) and I think that is a useful format for content that aren’t restricted to time, i.e. will be useful for a much longer time.
    And the benefit is also that pages are visible and can be organized in a hierarchy and structure to make the site much more organized compared to the visitor experience that people have with a blog.

    I use a combination of blog posts and many web pages in my site IslandVacationTips.com and think that should be a useful set-up.
    Best for your success!
    Soren

  8. Toronto Honda Guru May 21, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Hello Everyone!

    I’m no expert either, and I’m trying to understand pages. I like pages better the posts (and I’ve used them too much! 🙂 ) … What I am trying to figure out is if I can create a post on a seperate page, or can I create a post that is like a seperate page?

    I haven’t explained myself well, but on my blog, for example, I use pages to differentiate the sections of the industry (e.g. new cars, used cars, parts, and services). When I write topics under these four categories, I create subpages but this creates too much clutter on right side bar… I’m trying to reconcile the idea of posts and pages, and I’m not doing a good job…

    Any ideas?

  9. Atchuthan Sriskandarajah February 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I am still trying to figure out which is better for SEO? Any answers. Pages vs. Posts.