The difference between posts and pages—an important (user-friendly) difference you might not know about

On WordPress.com there are two different approaches or platforms that can be used to create content: posts and pages. It is quite evident that creation of content on posts is more popular than creation of content on pages—obviously there are reasons.

Although posts are important, pages are important as well, especially in the context of navigation. Pages can actually make a user’s experience much easier in terms of locating other articles that are older or far down the ladder of “categories” or a blog’s feed.

In order to make your site much more user-friendly and easy to navigate when looking for older articles that were produced a long time ago, the use of pages would likely seal the deal much more than categories could.

The major differences between posts and pages

Usually, while WordPress.com’s posts have names or designations of public authors, pages don’t!  Also, posts are usually displayed in RSS feeds, while pages aren’t!

Posts usually have formats that can be customized, while pages usually have fixed templates. Also, while pages don’t have publications dates, each post or article has, as can be seen beneath the titles in the figures below:

Post 1

 

Post 2

 

Post 3

Whenever a typical post is to be written and published, the date of publication will appear beneath a post’s title, as can be seen at the top of this particular post, and also at the far left edge in each of the three images shown above.

Unlike posts, WordPress.com “pages” don’t have publication dates because they are meant to be static; on the other hand, “posts” are meant to be dynamic or moving, except in certain cases where they are stuck to the top of blogs with the “stick to the top of the blog” button.

Examples of content that should be on a page include “Contact Page”, “About Me”, “About Us”.

In order to make searching easier for users on your website, you may put all “titled links” of posts on single page so that navigation downward or upward will occur within a few seconds, even if the page has a lot of content that includes “titled links”.

Usually, when users scroll down “categories” or website feeds that contain posts, they gradually become tired and discouraged surfing, even when they are interested in certain posts that appear  to be rich and engaging from their titles or introductory words.

To make navigation easier, the titles and links of posts can be entered on a single page and in alphabetical order as shown in the figure below where the titles of the posts that appear in the figures above, also appear on a single page titled “Motivation & Self-help Articles (80)” as shown in the figure below:

Page_183

With the alphabetical arrangement of the first words of each blog post title, as shown in the figure above, surfing for posts becomes much easier and faster for users—especially those who are impatient, or in a hurry.

You can place pages on your menu instead of categories—but you would have to create new pages though

Many people might not know that it is possible to place pages (for example, “Motivation & Self-help”, “Environmental Science & Engineering”, etc.) on your menu instead of categories, as you can see in the figure below:

Pages_183_others via links on menu

The advantage of using pages on menu

If you use pages on your menu instead of categories, it will help users navigate faster and easier—downwards or upwards—and also make it easier for older content to be accessed within seconds of scrolling downwards.

Although posts can be arranged on pages, and also in categories, pages are far much easier and less tiresome to navigate by visitors who are mostly in a rush and don’t have enough patience to thoroughly navigate categories.

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