wordpress: getting started

Posts vs. Pages

So far, you've been creating Posts exclusively. But take a look under "Pages" in the Dashboard navigation and you'll see that you can create a new Page just as easily.

While Pages and Posts may look superficially the same, their behavior in a WordPress site is very different. A Post is your basic story unit. A Post has a timestamp, and can be sorted chronologically alongside other items. Posts can also belong to categories, and can have tags (more on those later).

A Page, in contrast, is used for "permanent" content, such as your About page, or Contact page, or Company History, etc. Pages do not have timestamps and thus can't be sorted chronologically. Typically, the pages you create will be visible in your site's main navigation, while Posts will not.

Pages can also be stored in a hierarchy, so that, for example, both History and Brochure could be subordinate to About. When you store pages in a hierarchy (which is done by setting the "Parent" for a Page), the resulting URLs reflect that hierarchy, e.g.:

http://example.com/about/history

You can also set up your navigation menu to automatically reflect the hierarchy of pages, so that rolling over About would reveal a submenu containing History and Brochure, for example. However, this ability has been superseded by the new Menus system in WordPress 3.1.

Pages vs. Posts

Screen Options

At the top right of the post editing screen, you'll see a "Screen Options" link, giving access to a bunch of less-common post writing options. We cover these in detail in the Screen Options appendix of this tutorial.