Content organization is a breeze with WordPress and there are many options for arranging everything, so let’s dive right in to exploring the differences between these content types.
There are two main types of content items inside WordPress — posts and pages. The simplest way to think about them is that pages are for static items (a single page that can be edited, but mainly stays the same) and posts are for frequent updates, usually short random bursts of info like a blog or news section.
A page is perfect for contacts, descriptions of your main services or offerings and other content that is doesn’t change frequently.
A post is best used when you need a blog or news section that has numerous updates and is what you often see on sites where there is a main section that has a dozen sort summaries displayed all at once. These summaries (or more technically ‘excerpts’ in WordPress parlance) can only be generated from posts, so it’s best to be decided when you start if a section in your site is going to get updated frequently – that’s when you want to use the post format.
You can easily create navigational links to static pages or a category of your posts in much the same way, but the effect is quite different. A link to a page will only display that content, but a link to a category of posts will display excerpts from everything assigned to it.
The process is simple. Go to Pages > Add New. Write a headline, add some text. Publish it.
Next, go to Appearance > Menus and look for the Pages list on the middle left. Click the checkbox for your new page, Add to Menu and drag and drop it in to place. Save the menu changes and refresh to see your new content. Easy!
This is a little bit more involved, but still pretty easy.
First, you’ll want to make a Category to house all of your posts. Navigate to Posts > Categories. Type in a name and a description. The description can be a few sentences and should accurately describe the content to be found there. Then hit Add New Category and you’re done! (Later, if you realize a lot of your content can be broken down into sub-categories then you can make one category be the “Parent” and the sub-categories “Children”.)
Next, go to Posts > Add New. Add some content and look for the Categories option on the right column. Click the appropriate checkbox, then Publish.
Now that you have a post done, let’s add a menu item.
Go to Appearance > Menus and this time we’ll scroll down farther to find Categories in the lower, mid left. You’ll see the category you just created. (If not you can always click the View All link to find your category.) Check the one you want, click Add to Menu and move it in to place. Done!
Using WordPress is Easy!
We think you’ll agree after reading this overview about pages and posts that using WordPress is easy.
You should always keep in mind that almost nothing you do is permanent — it’s easy to experiment and if something doesn’t work, restore the previous version. Inside Pages and Posts you have the option of restoring an article to it’s previous state by clicking one of the dates under Revisions.
Additionally, if you ever delete a page or a post, it’s never really gone until you empty the trash, so breathe easy knowing your content can be restored – you can change document, category or menus names with ease and keep experimenting until you get it just right!