Difference Between Posts and Pages in WordPress

Posts and pages look quite similar WordPress, but they are not the same. Both are accessible from the WordPress dashboard. You can create as many posts and/or pages as you like, and both are created, edited and published similarly.  So, what’s the difference?

Posts and Pages – Difference in Purpose

WordPress pages are primarily used for static content that doesn’t change frequently. An example would be an FAQ page.

WordPress posts are used for non-static content, such as articles, news stories and blog postings, in order to keep your website fresh.

Posts are also used when you want to interact with your readers, so you’ll often see a comments area at the bottom of a post.  Interaction is not expected with pages, and as such, a comments section is not necessary.

On the other hand, you can enable or disable comments, whether you create a post or page.

Difference in Location of Posts and Pages

When you publish a page in WordPress, it is automatically added to the main navigation of your website. On the contrary, published posts are not automatically added to the main navigation.  They are added to the blog page and your RSS feed automatically, unlike pages.

Difference in Organization of Posts and Pages

When you create a post, it is placed under a specific category to help readers find it faster. You can tag a post with specific words that describe it in more detail than a category.

A post is also organized by its author and publish date.  WordPress organizes these posts in reverse chronological order, so readers can see the most recent post first.

When you create a page, it is not placed under a category.  Additionally, the pages are not organized by author or publish date, and tags are not applied.

Difference in Template Options

WordPress includes a template, which holds the overall look of a page.  You can choose which template you want to apply to a page when you create it.  When you create a blog post, however, you don’t have this option.