What is a Page on WordPress?

QUOTES: 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 generally for non-chronological, hierarchical content: pages like “About” or “Contact” would be common examples. See below for examples of subpages in a hierarchy. 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. [1]

What Pages Are

  • Pages are for content that isn’t specifically time-dependent, or which isn’t “blog content”.
  • Pages can be organized into pages and subpages.
  • Pages can use different page templates, including template filesTemplate Tags and other PHP code.
  • More sophisticated themes may provide a wider range of adjustments or display options for individual pages.
  • It’s quite possible to make a website using WordPress which only contains pages. [2]

NOTES: A page allows you to put information where it can be accessed from any place on the blog. It basically provides reference material.

Pages in the WordPress Twenty Ten theme are listed from left to right across the top, and presented in alphabetical order. Across the top of the Reality Disciplines blog you will find the following pages:

About: This page usually introduces readers to the author and purpose of the blog. In this blog, this is the statement of general purpose for all the blogging I do. Often this page is about the writer and/or company providing the blog.

Contents: This page will function as a table of contents, providing a link to the first post in a series of posts meant to be read in order. In this way a reader can be directed to the first in a series and scroll on to the next as one would turn pages in a magazine, from left to right. Providing links to the first page overcomes the fragmented presentation of the last post at the top of the LIFO stack.

Purpose: This page introduces readers to the specific goals of this particular blog. The goal of this blog is to help individuals overcome difficulties in their personal and work lives and to become more effective and happier. It shares specific methods or recipes to achieve this goal which the person must adapt to their particular context. John Wesley called this “going on to perfection.”

Readme: This page provides a declaration of caveats – warnings for the reader. Nothing on the blog is meant to be taken as instructions for which the publisher is liable. Readers should always consult a physician before implementing anything related to health that they read here, and other advisors as needed. What is written here is not meant to substitute for therapy with a licensed clinical professional counselor. The opinions expressed in articles and comments on the blog are solely the opinion of the writer and are not endorsed by the denomination of The United Methodist Church, any of its component entities or leaders or the local church pastored by the author.

Affiliate marketing links – a way to make money from the blog – are identified. The blog’s policy with regard to “fair use” of copyrighted material for non-commercial educational purposes can be stated. The blog’s policy with regard to using its material can be stated. These statements are intended to legally protect the reader, the writer and the blog owner from harm. 

I chose to name this page ReadMe because the term is familiar to those installing a software program, which always comes with a file of instructions to be read before using.

Pages can be nested in menus, allowing a blog to present information similar to that of a software program, through a hierarchy of pages. WordPress notes that it is possible to create a blog that consists of nothing but pages. A page can also be set as a static front page, similar to the home page on a website.

Pages are static and posts are recent; search engines place more importance on newer, time-dependent content. If you wish to draw readers through internet searches, this can be important.

QUESTIONS

What information on your blog is best displayed in the reverse chronological sequence of blog posts?

What information would you wish to be available from any view of your site, accessible as a page?

SOURCES

[1] Word Press Codex, at https://codex.wordpress.org/Pages The Codex is the support documentation for WordPress.

[2] Ibid.

“Technical Issues” is a category of posts prepared for “The Writing Pastor” workshop attempting to provide answers to questions that might come up related to the technical issues of blogging. I am not an expert … but willing to share my opinion and experience. Someone who knows what they are doing will probably find my generalizations hilarious. My hope is that someone who knows less than I do might find them helpful.

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