Pages VS Posts

Ever since I started writing a blog, it was the content and the design of the home page that I was concentrating on and I figure that learning how it all works will come later. Putting together media and pictures to emphasize each posts, using tags and creating links to other pages were also a concern to me.  What I didn’t realize is my understanding of the Pages.
In this blog, I decided to keep it simple and have just an About Me page that gives my readers insight into who I was in order to relate to me on some level.  With little to no interaction afterwards, I didn’t even give it a seconds thought.
However, on another blog I put together, to which it is still in the works, I thought it would be great to throw a few pages together with different captions and designs and I was excited when I started really paying attention to it.  After a few posts, I thought “What is going on?  Why aren’t my posts showing up on my pages?  It’s screwing up my homepage!”  Well, I felt silly when I realized that pages and posts do not work the same, especially on WordPress.  Therefore, I had to go back to the drawing board and rethink how those pages are going to be created to give me what I want.
For all of you who are in the same boat as I am, wondering what the big difference is…then read on.
Pages should not be used to post a lot of content on a regular basis.  If you need to provide readers with regular information then post it on your homepage.  A page can be used to promote an event or a book, to which you just need your readers to be provided with information that wasn’t going to change from time to time.
Pages do not cycle through your blog’s main page, nor can they be given categories or tags like your blog posts can.  The pages are also not included in your website’s feed.  Depending on how your site is set up for your blog, with WordPress, you have the option of listing another page as your homepage or setting it up as a static front page.
Basically, pages are typically used for non-blog content.  Depending on where you are hosting your site, you can create a non-blog website if your intention is to have a bunch of different pages but don’t intend on blogging regularly. 
Ultimately, if you want to master your blog, research and read through all the fine print and FAQ’s on your hosting site.  I know it is tedious but it will give you confidence about running your blog and when problems arise, you’ll feel better about dealing with fixing them.
Jenn Andrew
Freelance Writer and Book Reviewer


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