July 17, 2009
An issue that has certainly caused some confusion for some of our bloggers – and some of our internal staff unused to blogging technology – is the difference between a page and a post.
It is worth pointing out that blogging technology – and that includes WordPressMU / Blogactiv – is designed to be a fast and easy Content Management System (CMS). This ease and speed enables almost anyone to become an internet self-publisher at some level.
This speed is enabled by posts. Posts are dynamic, meaning that they can be altered or added to easily, and will automatically be added to the front page of your blog and as the most recent content. As shown to the left.
In contrast, pages have a more fixed nature and once built and added, will show in a different location to the right of the page, like this:
On some other blog systems, the pages will show at the top of the screen.
Since pages will be displayed everywhere, it is important to not have too many of them. Perhaps five or six would be most that bloggers would recommend. Ideally, these pages will then be used to link through to posts that all fall under a certain heading. This does mean that a certain amount of advance planning is required to know what those five or six subjects will be.
As you can see from my screenshot above, I currently have an ‘About’ page, a page for ‘Blogactiv Announcements’ and one for ‘How To’ information. In time I plan to add another about ‘Blog Promotion’. But that will probably be all.
Hopefully, this helps you to understand how to use each. The overview is that use of pages should be very selective and everything else should be a post.
As you can see from my own pages, I am using them to link through to the relevant posts under that topic. This will hopefully make the blog easier to navigate and find the type of information that you want. Of course, the more content there is, the harder this will become in time.Author : Stuart Langridge