Pages, Posts and Blogs:

What’s the difference?

I’ve noticed with myself as well as working with others who are new to WordPress  understanding the  difference between Posts and Pages can be a little tricky.  The WordPress Codex explains Pages in the following way:

    In WordPress, you can put content on your site as either a “post” or a “page”. When  you’re writing a regular blog entry, you write a post. Posts, in a default setup, appear in reverse chronological order on your blog’s home page. In contrast, pages are for non-hierarchical content: pages like “About” or “Contact” would be common examples. Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and are often used to present timeless information about yourself or your site — information that is always relevant. You can use Pages to organize and manage the structure of your website content.

Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and are used to present timeless information about yourself or your site — information that is always relevant. (WordPress.org ) Pages can use different page templates, including template files, Template Tags and other PHP code. (WordPress.org ) https://codex.wordpress.org/Pages

Clear as mud right?  To simplify, think back to any website you’ve visited.  It can even be this one if you like.  When you first come to my website you arrive on my homepage. The homepage is created through making page in “Pages”.  You do this by navigating to the Dashboard and clicking Pages.   Once there you can either click “Add New” in the Dashboard located underneath Pages or you click the “Add New” button to the right of the Dashboard that is next to the  title “Pages”.   Now you

A post in the most simplistic sense is where you go to create entries for your blog.  Blog creation is not the only use for Posts but is often the most common one. Which is what we will focus on today.  Here is the kicker. In order for you to see the Posts you need to create a Page in which these Posts will live.  To get your Blog up and running you would create a Page, call it ‘Blog’  ( or whatever you want your blog to be called ) and then you would go into Settings -> Reading -> Front Page Displays -> Posts Page -> select the dropdown and choose Blog.