Wordpress Posts Or Pages

14 replies
When writing content for your wordpress site, is it true that you should release the articles as Pages not Posts?

Either I dreamed this up in my sleep last night, or I read it somewhere. But I can't remember and don't want to risk it LOL. Insomnia sucks!

Any help is much appreciated!
#pages #posts #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Depends on your goal. I always use pages for important things, such as main product reviews. I use posts for more general things or when I'm not promoting anything.

    Really, you can do very well with just posts or just pages, but the best way to go is a combination of both.

    Benjamin Ehinger
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458076].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
    I also heard thet somewhere but I don't think it really matters. I always use posts.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458077].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author jackcarr
    Its a pure affiliate site, the entire site is geared around 1 product.

    I was going to use my articles to promote one of my keywords. I was going to write 30 articles 2 for each of my main keywords.

    I think it was something to do with google not picking up posts but they do pick up pages.

    For my blog I dont mind, I will be using posts obviously, but when this is my first site and I want to promote one product. I want to get it right
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458090].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Dan Curtis
      The concept of posts versus pages is generally about the value of each article and how long the article will remain valuable.

      Posts give the idea of being temporary. That's why people use them for blogs. Your thoughts today are probably of interest today or maybe next week, but next year they are old news.

      Pages give the idea of permanence. They are for articles that have long-term value. If you write a review that will be as valuable next year as it is today, it would probably be more appropriate for a page.

      There is one problem with this however. If you use WordPress the navigation is really set up for posts and not pages.

      You can make pages of course, but to get your navigation set up to show the pages you want to show in the way you want to show them can sometimes be tricky. It's much easier with posts as that is what WordPress was originally designed for.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458116].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
      Originally Posted by jackcarr View Post

      Its a pure affiliate site, the entire site is geared around 1 product.

      I was going to use my articles to promote one of my keywords. I was going to write 30 articles 2 for each of my main keywords.

      I think it was something to do with google not picking up posts but they do pick up pages.

      For my blog I dont mind, I will be using posts obviously, but when this is my first site and I want to promote one product. I want to get it right
      If this is the case, I would do a main page for the product and use posts for the rest.

      Benjamin Ehinger
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458748].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author jackcarr
    Thanks a lot Dan! you explained it perfectly!

    Yea the only thing holding me back is the navigation, I guess I can fix that with a little code touch up but we will see.

    My articles will be as important next year as they are now so pages are the way to go. Cheers for the help
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458126].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    I believe it was Ryan Deiss who started telling people to use pages instead of posts about a year or so ago. I can't remember what his reasoning was for this but the post above by Dan seems to make perfect sense.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458131].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    It depends on you.
    Pages are usually used for important stuff of your site like your main menus unlike posts they are use for some SEO purposes or something promote on your site.

    Hope it helps.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458326].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Tim3
    I built a site last year and noticed that pages seemed to rank better than posts, it may have been a coincidence as I was able to put in the time for extensive testing, Anyway with Panda and whatnot it may have skewed any meaningful data.
    You should test this yourself, but wait until after the next 'jarring and jolting' update from our friends at G.
    Signature

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458436].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
      I build "static" websites with WP that include a blog.

      They have a static homepage and all the articles are pages. I just have a link to the blog in the navigation.

      Most WP themes now days allow for a static homepage. Set the page you want for your home page, then create a "blog" page and use that for your "post" input. The controls are in "customize."
      Signature
      Get Off The Warrior Forum Now & Don't Come Back If You Want To Succeed!
      All The Real Marketers Are Gone. There's Nothing Left But Weak, Sniveling Wanna-Bees!
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458469].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
    Here's something you can do: when you have created a lot of content under one category, let's say "List Building" then create one page called "List Building" as well. Write something general about list building and link to the posts under the category. See how your new page ranks and how it helps the posts gain authority.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458465].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by jackcarr View Post

    When writing content for your wordpress site, is it true that you should release the articles as Pages not Posts?
    I don't agree.

    I use pages on my blog for those things that are constant and navigation-related. The "About Me," "Policies," "Contact," "Subscribe," etc are all pages on my blog.

    I use posts for my content because posts can be tagged, archived, categorized, put into a chronology and included in an RSS feed. Posts are designed to fit under a content category and pages are not.

    But don't take my word for it, read what Wordpress.com offers:

    "Posts:
    Posts are what make your blog a blog -- they're servings of content, similar to journal entries, listed in reverse chronological order. Posts can be as short or as long as you like; some are as brief as Twitter updates, while others are the length of essays.

    Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on the blog home page or on the posts page if you have set one in Settings > Reading. If you have created any sticky posts, those will appear before the other posts. Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Recent Posts, and other widgets. Posts are also displayed in the RSS feed of the blog. You can control how many posts are displayed at a time in the Reading Settings. The URL for a post includes the date the post was published like this: //blogname.wordpress.com/2008/11/30/post-title/

    Pages:
    Pages, on the other hand, are best suited for more timeless content that you want your visitors to be able to easily access, like your About Me or Contact sections.

    By default, all posts will appear on your blog's front page, but you can also display specific posts on category pages (and do other nifty things) with our custom menus feature.

    Pages are static and are not listed by date. Pages do not use tags or categories. An About page is the classic example. Pages can be displayed in the sidebar using the Pages widget, and some themes display pages in tabs at the top of the blog. If you have 50 pages and you use the Pages widget, then all pages will be listed all the time. The URL for a page looks like this: //blogname.wordpress.com/page-title/ "

    Shouldn't these guys know what posts and pages are best suited for?

    Good luck,

    Steve
    Signature

    Steve Browne, online business strategies, tips, guidance, and resources
    SteveBrowneDirect

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458622].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author jackcarr
    Alright I think iv got it.

    So the main page with the main content and item on it is a page.

    The rest of the content targeted at my keyword are posts.

    I seem to over complicate everything in my head!

    Thanks everyone!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458779].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author mknowles2262
    i just use post for regular stuff and pages to seperate the items
    Signature

    We Need JV's For Massive Launch
    http://bigjvroundup.com/22social/

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[7458931].message }}

Trending Topics