One of the questions that gets asked a lot is “what is the difference between posts and pages?”
In terms of what your website visitors and the search engines see there is not a lot of difference. Both posts and pages can be referred to as ‘articles’. And you can choose for each post or page whether to allow comments or not. The URLs look the same and the layout of the page/post may be exactly the same.
Depending on the theme you’ve chosen you may have some different layout options for pages that are not available on posts. Both posts and pages can have featured images. How (and if) featured images are displayed within your website depends on your theme’s settings.
So let’s look at what a post is
A post is an article which is automatically added to your blogroll as soon as it’s published. So your newest post is automatically shown first when someone accesses your blog. Posts generally show the date published and the author and they can have tags and, more importantly, categories.
Your main content on your website, that you keep adding to as often as you can, is going to be in posts.
How to change a post into a page
So what do you do if you’ve created a post and you realize that it should be a page or vice versa? There’s a plugin for that. I use Post Type Switcher by John James Jacoby. It’s a nifty little plugin that keeps the same URL so you don’t lose any existing search engine rankings and any comments that your article has received automatically get transferred. When you’ve finished using the plugin it’s safe to deactivate it but I wouldn’t delete it just in case you need it again.
Have you got any posts that should be pages or pages that should be posts? Please add to the conversation in the comments section below.
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