WordPress uses both posts and pages to display information to the website user.
Here we will use “webpage” to refer to the display a web address (URL) delivers.
Posts are the individual stories, articles or any form of singular information one might want to share such as an event or a tutorial. The big takeaway here being the single story is what we are defining as a post.
Page on the other hand can be singular or as in many cases in WordPress used to display information for different sources. Page can be a simple post, a group of post or even information that you decide you want to create once and not have to recreate it ever again but normally with the added purpose of presenting the information in some coherent understandable manor. A good example of this is the blog page. The blog page is a page where blog posts are gathered and displayed in reverse chronological order normally based around a given theme or topic.
A good way to look at the differences between Posts and Pages is by using the newspaper model. In a newspaper Posts would be the individual stories or articles in a newspaper while Pages would be the larger format that contains the articles. An example of this would be page 12 of the Chicago Tribune may contain a story about a local fire, an event that happened downtown and information about some local celebrity. Each one is it’s own singular story and the page containing them all in an indexable and organized manor.
Dashboard -> Pages -> Add New opens a new page for editing.
The page consists of a Title and a the main content editing area.
- Enter a title for the page at the top.
Note the 2 rows of editing icons below the title area. [If only one row is displayed, use the “Toolbar Toggle” icon to show the second row.]
- The page content is entered below the rows of icons.
- To save the page contents click the “Publish” button on the right.
After publishing a page, this button is named “Update” to update a page already published on the web.
Opening a page for editingDashboard -> Pages -> All Pages shows all the pages, including pages not shown in the site menu. Hovering over a page gives the options of editing, trashing, viewing, or other page actions. Hovering over a page in the list and selecting “Edit” brings up the page for editing. The rows of editing icons above the page content area provide editing actions on the page content.
When the Elementor plugin is activated, an “Edit with Elementor” button displays above the editing icons. This plugin offers drag and drop editing capability. See the Startup Instructions at basicsite-2.lakekit.net and click on “Elementor Editor Introduction.”
Per page settingsAt Dashboard -> Appearance -> Customize, various site-wide appearance characteristics can be set. Some of the characteristics of a page can also be determined below the page edit area. These per page options depend on the active theme.
Changing the titleIf the initial title needs to be changed, the permalink, the page address path, needs to be changed also. The permalink is shown directly below the title in the editing mode. Click the “edit” button to the right of the permalink and delete the text that appears in a box. Then click the “OK” button to regenerated the permalink to correspond to the title change. Update the page to save these changes.
Edit area display setupTop right has “Screen Options” and “Help” tabs. Any “Screen Options” checked will be visible on the edit page. Revisions is an important option to always have displayed. The “Help” tab presents help information for Pages and links to the codex for more help.