In WordPress there are two major types of content, “Posts” and “Pages”.
What is the difference between the two?
Pages can be thought of as the more traditional web page. They stand alone and are probably in the main menu. Examples would be the “About Us” page or the “Contact” page. The content doesn’t really change very often and you need it to be found in the same place all the time.
Posts are the typical “blog” style content. They are shown chronologically, with the most recent post first, then going backwards. So each time you visit a blog page, it might look different because new posts have been added. You could use this as a “News” section, where each post is the latest news announcement.
Editing Posts and Pages
The process of adding and editing the content is almost identical for both posts and pages. Looking in the Admin Menu, you will see a major section called “Pages” and one called “Posts”. You can click on those to see a list of the ones you already have, or click “Add New” under each section to add a new one.
Both have a Title and a main Content area that uses a text editor. You can save them as drafts, password protect them, or schedule them to be posted some time in the future.
The only real difference is where they appear on the site and how they are grouped together.
Pages and the Main Menu
When you add a new page, it will become a new item in the main menu. You can reorder pages and group them together under "parent pages".
The Blog Page
To add to the Blog Page, all you have to do is add new posts and tey will be listed chronologically with the most recent post at the top of the page.
You can use categories to group posts. You can also use tags to add additional information about what the post is talking about.
There are many ways to create a portfolio or gallery section on your site.
- You could simply add images to any page.
- You could use our own SEO Image Galleries plugin to create dynamic galleries with lots of ways to display them.
- You could bring in your SmugMug albums using our Photographer Connections plugin.
- You could use the built-in WordPress gallery functions.
The important thing to remember with all of these options though, is that the gallery itself and the page it is displayed on are two different things. You need to create a gallery somewhere and also create a page that will display it.
To start, create a page (or edit an existing one) and give it the "Gallery Page" template.
Where Pages and Posts Appear on the Site
Some WordPress sites work differently depending on the way the menus are setup but all of the PhotographyBlogSites work the same way and simplify this. Pages appear in the main menu at the top of the site. Posts all appear in chronological order on the Blog Page, with the most recent post at the top.
Once you add several pages, you will notice the main menu getting full and possibly ruining the look of the top part of the page. As you add post after post, the older ones drop off the bottom of the page.
There are ways to correct both of these things and make sure that users can always find your content by grouping the pages and posts together.
Grouping Pages Using Parent Pages
Pages can be grouped together by using “Parent Pages”. As you edit a page, near the “Publish” or “Update” button, you will see “Page Attributes” and a place to select a “Parent”. This will make the current page a “subpage” of the one selected as a parent.
In the main menu, this will make the page appear under the parent page. In Latte, this will put it in a dropdown menu. In CuppaJoe there is no dropdown menu but the subpages show up once you click on a main page. In Espresso, all pages appear in the main menu, with subpages showing up in smaller text under the main pages.
By using subpages, you can create essentially unlimited pages and organize the site to make it easier to navigate for the users.
Grouping Posts Using Categories
Posts can not be grouped like pages. But Posts can be placed in categories. The categories are then placed in the menu on any blog page so you can find posts of similar topics. For example you might eventually have hundreds of posts over several years. By grouping them, users can find the topics they want to see. You might have a “News” category, a “Wedding” category and a “Portraits” category. You could have “Events”, or “Vendors I like”.
You can then group categories together using parent categories and sub-categories. This is the same idea as parent pages. In the way, you can create a logical outline of your posts using the categories. The categories will be grouped in the Categories menu according to the way you group them together, making it easier for users to find what they want to read.
When you view a category page, you are still looking at a chronological list but only a list of the posts that were in that category.