WordPress: Understanding Pages and Posts

WordPress allows you to create Pages and Posts:

  • Pages are standalone web pages, like a home page or About Us page. These are how you organize content on a web site. You create them under the “Pages” section of the WordPress dashboard and can organize them into a hierarchy of “parent” and “child” pages.
  • Posts are a specific type of web page where each “post” is an entry into a blog, and a Posts page lists all the posts in reverse chronological order (e.g. newest at the top). You create new entries under the “Posts” section of the WordPress dashboard, and they can be organized by time, authors, categories and tags.

WPBeginner offers a good introduction to the differences between Pages and Posts, while WordPress’s guide to Posts vs. Pages is more succinct.

Manage your web site’s pages under Pages > All Pages. The article “Managing the Pages of Your Website” from FastComet provides the basics, although its example illustrations use the previous version of the WordPress text editor. WordPress’s guides to Pages and specifically the Pages Screen are more detailed but lacks illustrations.

Manage your web site’s blog posts under Posts > All Posts. WordPress’s guide to the Posts Screen gives more information on managing posts. You may also want to read the guides to the Posts Categories Screen and the Posts Tags Screen.

Whether you are editing a Page or a Post, you need to use a page editor: either Gutenberg, the built-in WordPress editor; or Beaver Builder, the pagebuilder plugin you previously installed.

Home Page: Just a Page, or Posts?

By default, WordPress sets up your web site to use the main Posts listing page as the web site’s home page. You can configure that by changing the “Front Page” settings, as described in WordPress’s guide to Set a Static Front Page. Note that you need to create and publish the home page before you can set it to be a Front Page.

Resources related to WordPress:

  1. Install WordPress on Reclaim Hosting
  2. Install and Customize the Astra Theme
  3. Install a Whole Array of Plugins
  4. Understanding and Managing Pages and Posts
  5. Using Gutenberg
  6. Using Beaver Builder
  7. Menus
  8. Using Smart Slider 3
  9. Using AddThis
  10. Using W3 Total Cache