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You decided to start your own WordPress website. You bought your hosting, domain, & your theme. WordPress is now loaded on your domain & your website is live! Yay! You log in to the dashboard and…wait. What is the difference between pages and posts? Do I need both or can I build the site with just one? Why is there a difference?
When building your new WordPress website this is actually one of the first things you need to figure out with the design of your site. It comes down to answering one question:

 Are you going to start a blog or not?

Yes, I’m starting a blog.

My answer: Then you are going to have a mix of pages & posts.

Pages will be the static (unchanging) webpages while your posts will be the blog posts that you create. For example, you’ll need to create pages for your homepage, about page, privacy policy, blog page, & contact page (just to start). After you create these pages, make sure to set up your menu to hold these pages. You’ll also need to go into your settings & tell WordPress which page is your homepage & which page is your blog page. (Click Settings > Reading > “Your Homepage displays” to static page for a static page for your homepage.)

Once you specify which page will hold your blog posts, then start writing! You’ll create a new post, give your headline, & type in the bigger box just like you would in Microsoft Word or an email. You can save as draft, schedule to release in the future, or publish immediately with your post. Once published, you are able to see that your post is now showing up on the “Blog Page”, but has its own “Post Page” when clicked. It’s that simple!

 No, I’m not going to blog.

 My answer: Then you are going to stick to pages.

If you don’t need a blog, then just stick to static pages. You add a new page for every webpage you want on your website (I would start with Home, About, Contact, & privacy policy/legal stuff). Make sure to specify which page is your home page (Click Settings > Reading > “Your Homepage displays” to static page for a static page for your homepage). Unfortunately, WordPress isn’t that smart! Create a top menu in settings with your pages under “Appearance” and voila! You’ve got a website.

However, I would really consider starting a blog. Even if you think, “Well, everyone knows this. Why do I need to write it?” Uhhhh, trust me. Not everyone knows what you know! By starting a blog you are able to showcase your expertise & authority on a subject. Or, my favorite excuse, “I’m not starting a blog because I’m not sharing my personal diary across the internet!” Valid excuse. Have your posts focus on case studies, client testimonials, & your business growth instead of what you ate that morning & your ten favorite things. It’s your website & if it’s showcasing your expertise to the world, then you can’t go wrong.

 Wrap Up

  • Posts are actually blog posts or updates.

  • Pages are generally unchanging (except your blog page that holds your posts).

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