Wordpress - Posts or Pages?

by Eric Johnson 14 replies
Are there any advantages to using posts verses pages for each article I put up on a wordpress blog?
#main internet marketing discussion forum #pages #posts #wordpress
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan C. Rinnert
    Posts will get listed in the RSS feed and publishing a post also pings any services you have set up for that. I don't think either of those hold true for pages, unless they've changed that recently.

    Pages are a little easier to organize, in my opinion, if having their content in a feed or pinging is not important for your usage.

    But, where ever possible, I prefer posts over pages. Pages are good for your About, TOS and other pages, but actual "meaty" content is generally better in a post.
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    • Profile picture of the author angela99
      It really depends on the blog.

      As the OP said, pages don't ping...

      I use posts for almost everything, except sales pages, or reference pages like "About", "Start Here", "Series" etc.

      Hope this helps.
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      • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
        For a new WP site use posts for them. But I've got a ton of older sites running on WP that the pages do much better indexing and with traffic than posts.


        Test and see what works for ya.
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        • Profile picture of the author debra
          Don't you use both?

          Put the full complete article on a page then create a summary post and direct it to the full article page within WP.

          That way you get the most out of WP as far as content.

          Correct me if I'm off base...I'm getting ready to map out a new site again.
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          • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
            Depends on the site. I know how each one has done and is doing and do accordingly.

            But most of the time it's one or the other. And on the established WP sites the page has usually always out lasted and out done the post in traffic and search rank. (for me. May be different for someone else.)
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          • Profile picture of the author Jag82
            There is a fundamental difference between posts and pages.

            Post is time-based while page is not.

            If you are looking at constantly updating, presenting the latest new...use post.

            If you are putting up information that is constant, and generally to fit into your main menu such as "About", "Partners" and so on, use page.

            Jag
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          • Profile picture of the author joefission
            Originally Posted by debra View Post

            Don't you use both?

            Put the full complete article on a page then create a summary post and direct it to the full article page within WP.

            That way you get the most out of WP as far as content.

            Correct me if I'm off base...I'm getting ready to map out a new site again.
            Probably easier to use the excerpt function and let Wordpress do the heavy lifting. Same results, less effort.

            Shaun
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            • Profile picture of the author Eric Johnson
              Debra's idea sounds cool because it makes your site larger and the big Goog likes big sites...anything we are missing?
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              • Profile picture of the author nico52
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                • Profile picture of the author seree
                  Originally Posted by nico52 View Post

                  All right. I have messed around with it and I have the answer. There is a plug in that you can download that will allow you to keep your pages public without them displaying on any list or category all over your site. I hear the excerpt function works but I don't like monkeying around with code. that is how I always break my sites.

                  Here is the link to the plug in I used:

                  WordPress › Exclude Pages WordPress Plugins

                  It will add a little box below the save and publish buttons when you make a page. If you click it it will add the page to where it would normally go. If you uncheck it, it will keep the page public and not have it indexed like a normal page.

                  This plug in was a huge time saver for me. Not to mention the time it saved me from breaking my code and fixing it later.

                  Enjoy,
                  Adam
                  Hey Adam, thanks for sharing your experience!
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                  • Profile picture of the author Simon_Sezs
                    It really depends on what you are aiming for....for example, I have created a ton of phpbaypro sites (BANS for wordpress). I made pages for them but by doing so, I couldn't get that normal "ping" or submit to RSS feed directories. So what did I do? I simply did a repost of them (duplicate content) then "no followed" my blog posts and hid the posts (I used a static page and had my pages listed up top). This way I could have the benefit of "posts" traffic wise that would point to my site and in the same breath also have a site that looked more like a website and less like a blog.
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