Create a page or an article in WordPress, here is a problem that at first glance may seem obvious or commonplace for all those who master the tool.
Less for those who made a little … When you have to manage your site, it is essential to make the right choice.
Indeed, it’s incredible the number of times I encounter this classic mistake when people create their site for example. We build pages instead of articles and necessarily the opposite.
The most common cause of this unfortunate choice is that by default, WordPress displays the latest articles on the home page. And when we do not know the tool well, we tend to continue in this way to “see what we do”.
It is however quite simple to modify this parameter. Once connected to his site as an administrator, we click on the button on the top left and then on “theme customizer.”
A menu will open on the left of your screen or depending on the theme installed; you have access to a series of parameters. But one thing that is found in the tab “Settings Home Page.” This is where you can see that by default, the home page displays the latest articles.
If your site is mainly a blog, it is not a bad thing to leave this setting as it is. On the other hand, if you wish to orient yourself towards a perfect showcase site, you have to choose “a static page,” your home page in this case.
Now let’s see when to use a page or article to add content to your site.
A page, as the name suggests is recommended to create the internal structure of your site. If we take a classic site, it will mostly be:
- a homepage, the referral station of your website
- the contact page
- the “about” page that talks about you
- One or more “service” pages that describe your activity (s).
- A page “tariff” possibly,
- your ” landing pages ” for advertisements for example.
These pages that we could call “fixed” are intended to inform the user precisely about your activity and who you are. Be careful; it’s not a question of speeding up with just a short list of a few words.
On the contrary, you have to think about everything, explain in the best way your different facets. Why? To drag your keywords and be able to appear in a good position in the results of the search engines.
Articles (or posts, or “posts”) are used most of the time for your blog. If you do not plan a blog on your site, they should not be used. If instead, you opt for the blog on your website, it’s a great idea!
On WordPress, you will quickly see that the back office screen for creating pages and articles is almost the same. A noticeable difference, all the same, is that, unlike pages, you can create categories and labels for your articles.
Categories allow you to structure your blog posts into different themes
labels allow you to “tag/tag” your articles. To use sparingly, they give you the ability to group items with a common point but in different categories for example.
Enjoy articles to share the latest news, your thoughts, your achievements. And more than your pages, feel free to write articles with sufficient content (no no, 20 words that are not enough …), quality (examples, references, …) and structured (titles, subtitles, meta, …).
No more excuses now if you are still unsure about the choice of creating a page or an article for your WordPress site!