Siloing a Wordpress Site - Posts vs Pages

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Does it matter if I use posts vs pages to silo my wordpress site?

Right now I am setting it up so I have something like...

Pacific NorthWest Dentists (home PAGE)
-Resources for Clients (PAGE and CATEGORY)
--Dentistry Anesthesia (PAGE and CATEGORY)
---what to expect from anesthesia (POST)
---different kids of anesthesia (POST)
---how long does anesthesia last for (POST)
--Office Locations (PAGE and CATEGORY)
---seattle dentist (POST)
---portland dentist (POST)

and so on. each page is named the same as the category, and SEOUltimate is set to default to the PAGE when page and category are the same name. so i create a page like Office Locations and then have some text about Office Locations, and then a short code plugin in that page to list all the posts within that category.

the problem is i can't find a plugin that lets me properly nest all the posts and i'm getting totally confused.

first, the siloing feature of the seoultimate plugin lists ALL posts within the office locations and dentistry anesthesia category if i use it on the resources for clients page. the widget shortcodes seem to do the same thing too.

all i want is the subcategories and not the posts that are one extra category deeper.

seems like a clean way to do this is just to have my POSTS be PAGES instead, since i a setting up a static site and that's really content management and not a blog.

but i keep reading that siloing a site should be done with posts. so i'm confused.

anyone have any advice?
#pages #posts #siloing #site #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author retsek
    Even I'm confused with your post.

    Why do you need this plugin to do your silos? Wordpress Pages and Sub-Pages work great. I have a site with hundreds of silos and each of those silos have 5 - 10 sub pages under them. Extremely simple to organize.
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    • Profile picture of the author VinRFP
      Originally Posted by retsek View Post

      Even I'm confused with your post.

      Why do you need this plugin to do your silos? Wordpress Pages and Sub-Pages work great. I have a site with hundreds of silos and each of those silos have 5 - 10 sub pages under them. Extremely simple to organize.
      ^^^ This.

      I think OP is over complicating things.

      If you are using Wordpress and want to silo the site, then make your homepage a post and sticky it to the top. This way, you can continue to add content to the homepage/blog this way without changing the content that first appears on the site.

      For the silo pages, create a new page for each silo category. These pages are now your silos/navigation headers. Create another page for each subsequent piece of content and mark each one as a "child" of whatever silo it should be in.

      Make sure that the only internal links in silo content are ones that link to top level silo pages/categories.
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  • Profile picture of the author tronseo
    so there is no inherent advantage/disadvantage to structuring it with posts vs pages?
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  • Profile picture of the author VinRFP
    No. Posts and Pages were created by Wordpress. It has nothing to do with the way Google chooses to rank your website.

    Using Silos on your website does a few things:

    1. Since each silo keyword will be related to your main keyword, each silo will help you rank better for your main keyword.

    2. The name of each Silo should be an additional keyword in which you want to rank. The content contained in the silo will help you do that.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
    In Google's eyes, posts and pages are the same. It's really up to you how you want to structure/layer things for user experience and navigation.
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  • Profile picture of the author tronseo
    OK, thanks all for clarifying. I keep reading about all these complicated siloing methods. Why would you want to use those? If you are trying to silo a blog instead of a static site? Also, what good are all the silo plugins then?

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author VinRFP
      Originally Posted by tronseo View Post

      OK, thanks all for clarifying. I keep reading about all these complicated siloing methods. Why would you want to use those? If you are trying to silo a blog instead of a static site? Also, what good are all the silo plugins then?

      Thanks!
      There are many ways to structure a website. However, if you are using WP and don't want to do any coding, then the method I described above is really the only logical way to do it. It may not be the best, but it's not going to make-or-break your site either.
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