Blog DIY #6: Posts or pages?

Your blog has two main options for publishing: posts and pages.

We know. It’s a little confusing. They can both have comments at the end, you can add images or video, and they fit into similar templates. They even look the same on your dashboard when you’re writing them. So let’s explore how they’re used.

Posts

You’ve been posting on your blog throughout this course; that is, publishing news updates. Use posts for material where:

  • You plan lots of them, like regular entries
  • Information changes often, like news updates
  • You want people to subscribe.

Posts can be read in a chronological sequence, and as you add a new post the older ones slip down the page and eventually slide right off into an archive. They can still be searched or browsed in a number of ways if you add tags to them or sort them into categories. Then they become like a database of entries accumulated over time.

They are what is known as dynamic web content – quick updates, changing often. When you subscribe to a blog in your Feedly, you subscribe to the new posts.

They are usually date- and time-stamped, and tell the reader who posted that update, just like in news media. You can then add widgets to your blog which help people find old posts by tag or date.

Posts usually appear on the Home page of a blog, with the most recent at the top (but you can change that, if you want to, under Settings in your dashboard.)

Pages

Pages are for information that:

  • Won’t be updated much, if at all
  • Provides contextual information, like an About us page
  • Needs to fit into the navigation or menu of your blog/website.

This thing you’re reading now is a page – so are all the different tasks and information presented to you on this blog. We use pages rather than posts because we want them to stay in the same place. We connect them to one another in the menu.

People who subscribe to blogs through services like Feedly don’t get notified of new pages or updates to existing pages.

So if, for example, you were building a class or library blog, you might have a couple of pages explaining what the blog is for and who is writing it, or what services the library offers. If you have information about library opening hours, say, you’d want to make sure people can easily find that information on your blog. You don’t want it to slide down the page as other things get posted.

Then you’d use posts to present updates like news for parents, kids’ projects, book reviews, photos from excursions, or interesting resources.

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