Easy Guide: WordPress Posts Pages Categories and tags explained

Wordpress Posts Pages Categories

Easy Guide to WordPress Posts Pages Categories and tags

WordPress Posts Pages Categories. Sometimes these terms could be confusing for a novice. It is good to have a better understanding of these terms before starting your blog.Let’s dissect them one by one and see what they are.

So what is a WP post?. If you are using your website as a blog, you would be using posts most of the time.
Posts are;

Your main content entry elements.You post text images or videos on posts.
They are ordered chronologically.
You organise them using categories and tags(Taxonomies).
Readers interact and create comments and conversations in posts.

Due to there chronological organisation, it is more dynamic and easy for us to use them in services like RSS, news letters and social share in timely fashion. Have you made a post yet? Learn how to make your first post here.

Pages are almost similar to Posts. But they are mostly “Static” and they do not order them self chronological manner. They don’t expire or hide. For an example your contact page or about page would not expire even though you could modify them.

Hierarchical by nature allowing to create parent and sub pages.
Usually comments are not used in static pages

There hierarchal manner allow you to create sub menus. Most of the page contents can be modified but usually categories and tags are not used in pages. However, there are specific plugins that would enable you to use them in pages. Once bit advanced you can create your own custom pages in WordPress with your own elements in it. Usually one of the static page is used as your home page. See how to make a WP page here.

Before moving on with WordPress Posts Pages Categories any further,lets re cap and see the differences.

Dynamic, Chronilogical Static
Comments and discussions No user interaction
Organised using categories and tags Use hierarchal system
More RSS and social friendly Less so
Mostly used in blogs and news Mostly used in static websites

We use categories to organise posts. Posts are not hierarchal and therefore, the need of categories in WordPress.
Wordpress Posts Pages CategoriesYou can create the relevant category to a specific posts in Post edit panel. The category option is available on the right hand side. There you can create a new category or select an exciting one as shown.You can also create categories in the Post menu on the left side bar of the dashboard. There you can further edit your categories.
Categories can have sub categories. For an example if you run a movie site you can have “Kids” category with a sub category of “Animated”. Categories are useful when your posts are archived.Furthermore, they are used in your permalinks and breadcrumbs to make it easy for your reader (as well as search engines) to find your posts.

Like pages and posts, categories and are tags are almost similar. Both of them combined are called taxonomies in WP.
Wordpress Posts Pages CategoriesBoth are used to organise your posts and tell your reader something about the posts. Compared to categories tags are more specific. For an example, you can have a post about Chocolate pudding in food category “Desserts”, with a tag “Chocolate” attached to it. User can search the tag to find all the posts attached to that specific category.

So are you now clear about WordPress Posts Pages Categories and Tags?

I hope this is helpful for you. If you want to read about WordPress Posts and Pages Categories and Tags more, go to WordPress website for more details.

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