Differences between posts and pages

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Blogs are composed of two main structures: post and pages.

New bloggers often struggle with the difference between posts and pages.

Post vs Pages Video

Introduction to Posts

Your posts are where you’ll publish your main content such as what’s been happening in class. assignment information, documents, and more.  They are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page.

By default, your home page is your blog post page and this is where you’ll see your new posts published.

If you look closely at a post you will see it is normally made up of:

  1. Post Title – tells the reader what the post is about.  A great post title grabs readers attention and is more likely to encourage them to read your post.
  2. Date published – all post display the date a post was published.  You’ll normally see this displayed at the top of the post.
  3. Written by – most themes display the name of the post author.  Your username is automatically displayed unless you have changed your display name.
  4. Your post content – this is the main information that you want to share or reflect on with your readers
  5. Comments – all themes have a link to comments.  This is where your readers can click to write a comment in response to your post.  Comments allow students, and other readers, to engage in discussions, share their thoughts and connect with your class blog.
  6. Tags - are used to help readers locate posts on your blog.  Tags are more like the index at the back of the book and explode the topic into a million bits.
  7. Categories - are used to help readers locate posts on your blog.  Categories are often used like chapters of a book; they provide a general overview of the topics you blog about.

Publish Posts to Different Pages

We’re often asked if it is possible to add posts to other pages, rather than just the front page of the blog.    This is commonly asked by educators who want to use one blog for multiple classes or subjects.

Yes you can!  But it does involve slightly advanced blogging skills.

You do it by sending posts to different pages on your blog by assigning different categories to posts, based on the class or subject, and using a custom menu to create link to the categories from your top navigation.  When students and parents click on their category they’re taken to all the posts for that class or subject.

You’ll find step by step instructions on using categories to organize multiple classes or subjects on your blog here.

Introduction to Pages

Pages on blogs are normally used for information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently.

Commonly used pages on educational blogs are:

  1. The About page.   Your About Page is used for telling readers more about yourself and your blog.
  2. Blogging Rules and Guidelines (here’s how to create Blogging Rules and Guidelines).
  3. Contact page (here’s how to create a Contact page).

The main things to remember are:

  1. Pages are best suited for information you rarely update such as your About, Contact and Blogging Guidelines pages.
  2. Situations where you want students to discuss a question or topic are better suited to publish as a post and not a page.
  3. Assignment and homework information is normally best published as posts and not on a page.
  4. Too many pages can make information harder to manage and find.

If you look closely at a page you will see it is normally made up of:

  1. Page Title – tells the reader what the page is about.
  2. Your page content – this is information you want to share on this page
  3. Comments – most Edublogs themes support comments at the bottom of the page.  This allows your readers to add a comment to your page.   There are situations where you don’t want comments on pages.  Here is how to disable comments on pages.

Posts vs Pages

There are key differences between pages and posts that are important to understand when working with them.

Properties of a Page Properties of a Post
  • Blog pages are displayed independently of post history and are more static.  They remain the same from day to day since they are rarely updated
  • Normally used for information that you want to share with readers but don’t expect to update frequently.
  • Pages don’t have time stamps so don’t show the date they are published.
  • Blog pages can appear any where in your blog depending on your theme.
  • You can change the order pages appear.
  • You can’t assign category and tags to pages.
  • Pages don’t appear in RSS feeds so readers need to visit your blog to view latest page updates.
  • You can create sub-pages which you assign to a parent page to create nested pages.
  • Blog posts appear in reverse chronological order so that the most recent posts is the first post that your readers see.
  • Post are dynamic and updated regularly.
  • Posts have a time show which displays the date and time the post was published.
  • You can assign categories and tags to posts which make them easier to find.
  • Posts appear in RSS feed so readers who subscribe to your blog will receive your latest post in their RSS reader.
  • Posts display the name of the post author.

 

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