Understanding WordPress Posts, Pages & Custom Post Types

If you’re new to WordPress, you might be a little confused about the difference between posts and pages. So in this post, I’m going to provide a little clarity.

WordPress Posts

Generally, a post is a type of content listed in reverse chronological order (most recent entries on top). Posts are assigned categories and can be assigned other metadata like tags and featured images. Posts can be displayed in a standard list or in an archive based on category, tag or time frame. Posts are often used for blogs, news listings, etc.

WordPress Pages

A page is actually a special type of post. Unlike regular posts, it isn’t assigned categories or tags. It is not displayed with metadata or in. chronological order. Pages can be hierarchical, which means a page can be subordinate to parent pages. Unlike posts, pages can be displayed using custom templates, depending on the theme in use. Typical pages include a Home page, an About page, a Contact page, etc.

WordPress Custom Post Types

Websites can also use custom post types. If you are an artist or designer, you might want to have a portfolio. So some themes have a portfolio project post type. If you are a real estate agent, you might use a property post type. Custom post types are created in either a theme’s function.php file or with a plugin.

You can find more about posts, pages and custom post types on the WordPress Codex at http://codex.wordpress.org.

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