Everything you need to know about WordPress pages and posts

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Did you know there are differences between pages and posts? In this post, you will understand how to use them correctly on your WordPress site.

Are you thinking of using WordPress to create your website? Some of the tools that WordPress brings to its users are pages and posts. With them, you can get closer and more familiar with your customers and users.

With pages, you can advertise your products and services, for example. The posts section is ideal for those who want to have a blog, in addition to other pages.

With a blog, you can spread relevant posts about your niche and thus keep your users informed and even gain new customers.

Therefore, in this post, you will know in detail what pages and posts are and how to use them on your WordPress site.

Posts are nothing more, nothing less than publications. It is with it that you will be able to feed your users and customers with countless content.

You can find the “posts” section on the left side of your WordPress dashboard.

After clicking on posts, you can add a new post. When adding a new post, you can check out the new WordPress editor closely. It’s called Gutenberg and has been in use since 2019. Known as a block editor, with it you’ll be able to create your content, add images, incorporate links from other networks such as YouTube, and much more!

In addition, you can also bet on block plugins to boost your WordPress editor even more. One of the plugins that can help you in this process is Atomic Blocks.

While creating your content, you will notice that in the side tab there is some relevant information about your posts, such as status and visibility.

Status and visibility

In visibility, you will be able to see if your post is public, private, or password protected.

By choosing the private option, only administrators and editors will have access to the content produced by you.

Now, if you want to protect your content with a password, WordPress will create a field where you can enter your password and only those who have this password will be able to view the post. Interesting, isn’t it?

In this same environment, you can also schedule your post. Just click on it immediately and then a calendar will appear, where you can choose the exact date and time when your post should be published. After selecting the date and time, click on schedule. 

Categories

Categories

Also in posts, you’ll see the categories and tags tabs. The posts you create can and should be divided into categories. Categories will help you group your posts by specific subjects. This will make it much easier to organize them. 

Let’s check out an example? Imagine you have a cooking website. On this site, you usually post a series of recipes, ranging from desserts to roasted meat.

Each recipe can fit into a category, recipes such as pudding, pave, pie, mousse, and stuffed cake can be part of the desserts category. The recipes for filet mignon, stuffed sausage, and roasted chicken drumstick can fit into the meat category. Cool is not it?

To manage existing categories or add new ones, open your WordPress dashboard, hover over the word posts, and click on categories. If you prefer, you can also create new categories right in your editor. There, you can also choose subcategories. 

Natively, WordPress comes with a default category called uncategorized or uncategorized, if your version is still in English. In the settings tab, under writing, you can choose a new category to become your site’s default category.

After making the changes, if you create a post and don’t set a category, WordPress will save this post in the category you set as default.

It is worth noting that each category or tag generates a unique page, where all posts related to a category will be listed. This will make it much easier for your users to navigate your site.

Tags

Tags are very similar to categories and are another way to keep your WordPress organized. 

They serve to complement the categories, working as tags to identify your publications and allow that even if they are in different categories, posts that have some relationship with each other to be associated.⠀

For example, you have a travel blog. In this blog, you use the travel category to include posts about the most desired tourist spots, the best hotels to stay with children and pets. ⠀

On this same blog, you also publish posts with testimonials from your customers. In posts with testimonials and images, you can use the tour/testimonial tag, for example. Because despite being different posts, they are similar.

Featured image

Features

The featured image is the one that will appear on your blog’s homepage and also on the index page, so be careful in choosing the images that will be highlighted. They will make your blog or website more beautiful and can attract more readers to your WordPress site.

Permanent link

One of the advantages when it comes to permanent links is that WordPress uses a friendly URL, where you can define a pattern for your URL, such as https://www.proarchconsulting.com/web-development.

When creating a new post, one of the first steps is to choose a title, isn’t it? Once your title is set, WordPress will automatically turn your title into a permanent link, which will have a friendly URL. If you prefer, you can manually edit your permanent link. To do this, just click on the permanent link on the side tab that is to the right of your post.

Pages

WordPress Pages

Despite having the same editor, it is important that you know that pages and posts are not the same things. Pages are made for static content. They are responsible for submitting information about their website. They will always be highlighted. Now understand the main difference between pages and posts?

The pages can contain the following contents: contact forms, about, services, how to find your company, cases, and much more.

Another factor that differentiates posts from pages is that they will not be related to categories and tags. 

To access the pages, just click on a page on the side menu of your WordPress dashboard.

In this space, you can edit your pages and also add new ones according to your needs.

Page templates

The pages will have a template according to the theme used by you. When creating a new page, you will see that the editor is Gutenberg and that in the side tab, you can see items that are also present in posts, such as status and visibility, permanent link, and highlighted image.

Page Hierarchy

Another important detail is that pages are organized by hierarchy. You can select a page so that it is one level above the others. This page is called the parent page. Its sub-pages are then called child pages. Example: An About parent page and within it a child page called History. And within this, another entitled 1980.

Pages and Posts: a way to get closer to users

Throughout this post, you could understand how pages and posts on your WordPress site work. By using them, you can stay close to your users and even improve your ranking on Google and other search engines. That’s why it’s so important to understand the features of both pages and posts. 

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