What is Page in WordPress? How to use Pages in WordPress

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Understanding WordPress Pages

In the realm of WordPress, the term ‘page’ specifically denotes a type of content known as a ‘page post type.’ This is a standard content type that comes pre-configured with WordPress.

Originally, WordPress was developed as a straightforward blogging platform, enabling individuals to craft blog entries. With the release of WordPress version 1.5 in 2005, the platform evolved to include ‘Pages.’ This feature was designed to facilitate the creation of static content separate from the chronological blog entries, such as an ‘About’ section, a ‘Contact’ page, or legal disclosures.

Contrasting Posts and Pages

There are several distinct characteristics that set posts apart from pages:

  • While posts are dynamic entries listed in a blog’s time-based sequence, pages are singular, static entities not linked to this sequence.
  • Pages can be organized into a hierarchy, allowing for subpages under a main page, like a ‘Services’ page with a ‘Pricing’ subpage, whereas posts lack this structure.
  • Unlike posts, which can be categorized and tagged, pages do not typically use taxonomies such as categories or tags.
  • Custom templates can be applied to pages, a feature not available for posts without additional customization.
  • Posts are included in WordPress’s RSS feeds, but pages are not.

WordPress does not impose a cap on the number of pages you can create. It’s entirely feasible to construct a website exclusively with pages, bypassing the use of posts. Although pages are meant for static content, they can be refreshed and edited as needed.

Setting Up Your Website’s Structure

Pages can also serve as the static homepage for a website, with blog entries displayed on a separate page. To set up a static homepage and a blog page, navigate to Settings » Reading in the WordPress dashboard and select the ‘Front page displays’ option.