Structuring Your WordPress Site

Pages and Posts are the two main content types inside WordPress. While they sound the same, there are actually some big differences in how they work within the overall system.

Pages are most often used for static, permanent articles that won’t change very often. About, Bio, Company, Contact — these are general types of content that won’t have frequent updates and can remain as a static page. It’s easy to further organize your content by creating sub-pages. The top level page is called the Parent and anything below it is it’s Child. This setting can be found under Page Attributes on the right side when editing a page.

Posts are most useful with blog or news sections as you can easily create a Category that holds all of those posts, then create a menu link to the Category, which will automatically display every post you’ve assigned to it. As with Parent/Child pages mentioned above, you can also have as many sub-categories as you want, making for very effective content organization.

If you are planning to write frequent content on a particular subject, then using the Categories/Posts combination is the best way to go, as WordPress will be handling all of the linking and formatting for you.

Another way to split off your Posts is to use Tags. In this way you can have a primary subject like “gardening” but create separate tags for different sub-topics. WordPress will automatically create separate links to all articles tagged with the term you choose, providing an additional method for visitors to find content within your site!

For additional tips on organizing your content in WordPress, visit the links below.

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