What’s the difference between a post and a page?

Posts and pages both look the same when published and they are created using the same steps. So which should you create? Generally, you should use pages for the core information of your site. Common pages are Home, About, Contact, Services, Blog. Anything else that you want to show up in a navigation menu should be created as a page.

You use posts for news items, blog posts, articles and other things that are more transient and which you don’t want to add to any navigation menus. The web page you are reading right now is actually a post. The main Help page is a proper page.

This demonstration shows how to add a new WordPress post. The process for adding pages is exactly the same.

Step 1

[twocol_one]Log in to your WordPress dashboard. (See the WordPress dashboard login tutorial if you’ve forgotten how.) Click Posts if you want to create a post, or Pages if you want to create a page.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Wordpress dashboard - add posts and pages[/twocol_one_last]

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Step 2

[twocol_one]In this example, we have clicked Posts. The left-hand column now shows options for adding new posts and adding categories and tags. All your existing posts are listed on the right. You will see something similar if you are creating a page rather than a post.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Add a WordPress post - all posts are listed[/twocol_one_last][hr]

Step 3

[twocol_one]Click Add New in the left-hand column.  [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Add a wordpress post - clicke Add New[/twocol_one_last][hr]

Step 4

[twocol_one]The Add New Post page opens. There is space to enter the post title and space to enter your post text. [/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]The Add new Post page opens[/twocol_one_last][hr]

Step 5

[twocol_one]In this example, only one toolbar of formatting options is showing. There should be two. To change this, click Show/Hide Kitchen Sink.

PS … if you don’t see this option in your formatting bar, you are probably looking at the Text (HTML) view rather than the Visual view. To change this, go to the right-hand side of the page just above the formatting bar and click the Visual tab.

[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Click Show/Hide Kitchen sinkNow both rows of formatting options are visible (see below).

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Add wordpress post page - visual vs text[hr]

Step 6

[twocol_one]Now you can add the post title and the body text. Use the formatting options in the Kitchen Sink to add bold, paragraph formatting, text alignment, etc.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Adding title and body text to a wordpress post or page[/twocol_one_last][hr]

Step 7

[twocol_one]Once you’ve added and formatted your text you need to save your page or post. Go to the right-hand column and click Save Draft if you are still in the proces of creating the post/page. Click Publish if you are ready for it to go live.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Save the wordpress page or post [/twocol_one_last][hr]

Step 8

[twocol_one]Now you can view the published page. Go to the top of your post/page and click View Post (or View Page if you are creating a page). The published page will open in your web browser.[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last]Click View Post to view the published post or page[/twocol_one_last][hr]

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How to add images to your posts and pages.