When first starting out using web.unc.edu, it may be confusing as to the difference between posts and pages. This confusion can make it hard to decide which avenue is best to put the information you want your audience to see. If this problem resonates with you, read below as I will try to help explain the differences between the two and how most of our users tend to take advantage of both options when posting information.
The main factors to consider when choosing between a page or post lies in the type of information you are sharing and how available you want it to be to your audience.
For starters, there is no limit on the number of posts or pages you can have!
- Posts tend to be dynamic entries listed in reverse chronological order on the blog home page or on the posts page if you have set one in Settings > Reading.
- Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Recent Posts, and other widgets.
- Posts are also displayed in the RSS feed of the blog.
- You can control how many posts are displayed at a time by going to Settings > Reading
- The URL for a post includes the date the post was published like this: http://yourdomain.web.unc.edu/year/month/day/post-title/.
- A neat feature of posts is the ability to use tags and categories to organize your posts.
- Example: Most of our users post information about news and events as posts since posts are listed by date and the most recent information will remain towards the top. This allows your audience to easily view any up to date information without having to search through your site.
Bottom line, if the information you are looking to add to your site is one that is date dependent and one that is not going to be a permanent fixture on your site (example: contact information), add it to your site via a post.
- Pages are static and are not listed by date.
- Pages do not use tags or categories.
- The URL for a page looks like this: http://yourdomain.web.unc.edu/page-title/
- Pages have different templates you can choose from (sidebar, full width, default, etc.)
- Example: Your “About/Contact” page is the perfect example since it usually contains information that will stay the same for long periods of time and that needs to be visible on your page at all times.
Basically, pages are a great way to store somewhat permanent information on your site that you want your audience to be able to easily access at all times. As for subtle differences between a page and a post, keep in mind that pages have different templates you can choose from (depending on your theme). Also, a great way to organize pages is by using the “parent” feature under page attributes which is on the right hand side of your site (this is also where you can choose which template you would like). Here is a picture below:
You can also change the page attributes through your menus by going to Appearance>Menus.
Keep in mind that depending on what you are trying to accomplish with your site, you can use pages and posts however you would like!