Blogging Basics: The Difference Between Blog Page and Blog Post

When you’re beginning to create and grow your blog, a question you might run into right off the bat is: “What is the difference between blog page and blog post?” They kind of look alike, so what’s the diff?

Even though, technically both pages and posts are pages on your website, they are not the same and they serve different roles.

Blogging Basics - The Difference Between Blog Page and Blog Post

Pages are Static, Posts are Dynamic

As your blog grows, it will end up (for the most part) with two types of information: static information that doesn’t change often and information that is constantly added (and the one that readers are searching for).

The static information would be something that describes you or your business (like a bio), your services, ways of contacting you or map and address of your store (if you have one), sales page.

These are your Pages.

The information that is added all the time are new articles you are sharing, videos, podcasts, things like that.

These are your Posts.

So, the easy way to think of pages vs posts is this: if it’s something that will not change much, you should create a page. If it’s an article or other newly added content, you would create a post.

Pages are not dated and have not tags or categories.

Posts are dated, categorized and tagged, often contain author’s name and usually appear in the reverse chronological order.

Pages are the Foundation of Your Blog

Another difference between pages and posts: your pages will have links to them in the navigation of your blog, while posts won’t. So, when you arrive at the blog and, at the top, you see ‘About Me’, ‘Blog’, ‘Home’, ‘Services’, ‘Contact Me’, those are all pages. They are like the structure of your blog, like the walls and the floor and the ceiling.

Your blog posts are like the beautiful content you bring into those walls – they are exciting and new and fresh all the time. They form collections and collages, they stand on their own and support each other in a series of related items.

Number of Pages vs Posts

Another way you can differentiate the pages and posts: unless you have a zillion sales pages, you will probably have no more than 5-10 pages, but you will have dozens, hundreds and maybe thousands of posts (you know you will be that massive blogger one day that will have a bunch of writers working for them and posting 5 posts a day. Why not? You never know!)

Creating a Blog Page

To create a page in WordPress, you would either go to Pages-Add New or a + at the top and drop down to Page.

Add New Page in WordPress

Once a blank page is create, give it a name – keep it short (one to two words) since it will be in your navigation (unless you specifically don’t include it or remove it out of the menu).

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Add the content and format it to look good. You will have several different pages on your blog. For example, here is how to create a Contact Us page on your site.

If you want to make sure your page appears in the menu, go into Appearance – Menus and add it there:
Adding Page to Menu in WordPress

Creating a Blog Post

To create a post, go to Posts – Add New, or + at the top and then Post (you can follow steps in this article on how to create a post with images).

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Your post name should definitely be more than one or two words and be catchy, descriptive and search friendly. Read here on how to create a great title for your post.

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After you write up your content, make sure to format it, add images, tags, categories, links and optimize for SEO. Read up on the 18 steps to take to get your post rank better with search engines.

 

So there you have it! Pages and Posts are like cousins, they sure look alike but they are not the same.

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