That headline may seem redundant (that’s the idea!) but this is an issue worth discussing.
When it comes to creating fresh and time-sensitive content, Posts are perfect. No one would question that. Static, time-insensitive content is, however, up in the air sometimes.
Some professional bloggers like Daniel and Darren will, at times, post fairly static content into Posts and refer to them as if they would static Pages. Recently Darren touched on this topic while discussing “sneeze pages”, but examples can be found on his and Daniel’s sites:
- Darren’s Page for his recent series
- Darren’s Post for his best posts of 2006
- Daniel’s Post for the wrap up of his “3” blogging contest
Honestly, this issue is something I don’t agree with the pros on. To me, content that is only meant to wrap up other content into a bow for presentation, especially when nothing is added to the content except for the links, should only be displayed on Pages. The nature of a WordPress page is to hold content that is (very nearly) unchanging. Listen to the codex!
Pages, or WordPress Pages are like Posts, except they can do much more than Posts, and they live outside of the normal blog chronology…
Posts are time-oriented objects. You write them at a specific time, and that time defines their context. Pages, on the other hand, are most often used to present information about yourself or your site that is somehow timeless – information that is always applicable.
So when it comes to your content, choose wisely. Here are some ways to use Pages that you may be tempted to use Posts for:
- aggregating the results of a series,
- site rules, regulations, or guidelines, and
- blog author biographies.
WordPress Plugin: Page Link Manager
One of my favorite Plugins, as well as a part of the set that I suggest as a Plugin to start your WordPress blog with, is Page Link Manager. I’ve posted about installing and using Page Link Manager in the past. I’ve found it is a great way to hide extra pages from the menu, so that Pages won’t be used simply because the blogger doesn’t want them in the menu. Check it out if you decide to use Posts and Pages properly.