Pages and Posts

alarm clock with roman numerals on the dial. When to create pages and posts

What’s the difference between a website page and a post?

If you’re new to websites you might be wondering what’s the big deal behind Pages and Posts. At first glance they appear to be one and the same. And if you were to create either a new page or a new post you’d be presented with almost identical layouts. In a lot of cases the appearance of pages and posts will look the same to your website reader.

But don’t let this fool you, because there is a fundamental difference between the two. And it’s that difference that makes content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, great platforms for integrating a personal or business blog on a traditional website.


Let’s think about the types of elements that make up a typical website. More often than not you’ll see pages like About Us, Services, Contact Us, etc. Within your website’s theme or template, these are classed as Pages. It doesn’t matter when they were created, published or updated, they just form part of the overall website construction. And the date is was published, the ‘timestamp’, is irrelevant. For example, when you visit the About Us page of your favourite website you don’t expect the content to have changed from what was there a week ago or one year ago.




·         Product Information ·         Blog posts
·         FAQ Pages ·         News Articles
·         Terms of Use ·         Announcements
·         Privacy Content ·         Essays
·         About Us ·         Personal Stories
·         Contact Pages ·         Interviews
·         Gallery ·         Tutorials
·         Testimonials ·         Case Studies



But now, take a minute to think of your favourite news website. A news site is the perfect example of when you’d expect content to be different from the last time you visited the site. After all, news wouldn’t be ‘news’ if it wasn’t current and regularly updated. So, in the case of news sites, Posts are most often used to write regular articles about different topics and they will also be categorised under one or more headings.

When you publish a post within WordPress it knows to treat the post differently to publishing a page. So when you set up a blog, it will list all of your published posts in reverse chronological order on your Blog page. That way your latest update will always display first. Since posts are listed with the newest posts at the top, your posts are meant to be timely. Your older posts are archived based on month and year. So as the posts get older, your visitors will have to trawl your website in order to find them. That’s why it’s a good idea to organise your posts based on categories and tags.


To summarise, your website can contain both pages and posts. If done well using pages and posts in this way can help you build a more engaging user experience for your site visitors. In fact, another reason to maintain a regular posting schedule is because blog posts help to keep your website active.  So that’s great for improving SEO.

Regular posts and updates also help to keep your subscribers happy. After all, your followers signed up to receive regular, relevant and interesting updates from you. So don’t let them down! 



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Playing the Generation Game 

Let’s start with a simple question. Do you know which generation group you are in?

There are so many different terms that it has become quite confusing, especially as I now see business articles referring to target audiences as Gen X, Gen Y and Baby Boomers. These are terms frequently used in the news and in marketing, but what do they all mean?

A recent article I received, about finding the best social media platform for my target audience, had me scouring the internet to find a concise definition. Then I thought, if I don’t fully understand what generation groups are, other people may be just as confused.

It’s not just a personal thing. From a business perspective, we need to be seen on the right social media platforms. We have to know which groups our customers fall into, because different generations have their own social media favourites. 

Our Ancestors

When people talk about Generation X it can be a bit baffling. It seems to me that it’s because when we think about generations we think about the family – parents, grand-parents, great grand-parents, etc.


This is one way of looking at it, and it’s called ‘Familial Generation‘. You and your siblings are one generation, your parents, aunts and uncles, are another, grand-parents are another. And so on. 

When you hear talk about Gen X, Gen Y and Millennials there is a different term for these and this is when it gets a bit mind-boggling. These are called ‘Sociological Generations‘. It’s even more of a tongue-twister than ‘Familial’ isn’t it? I think it’s more important to know the actual group names, than understand their definitions, but I’ll try and summarise it.

Life Events

Putting people into sociological categories – Baby Boomer, Generation X, Y, etc is more complex because it’s seen from two different angles.

One is based on birth rates as documented by the census, which considers population expansion and contraction. So if there is an age difference of 5 or 6 years between siblings, according to the census they could be in different sociological generations. If your parents were very young when they had you, you could potentially belong to the same category, as defined by the census. That part of it is probably the most difficult to understand. 

The other way of defining sociological generations is through life events that link groups of people. Sociologists look at common life events and shared experiences to define the groups.  

For instance, ‘Generation X’ grew up with parents who divorced and mothers who worked. Personal computers were just coming on the scene. And there was that cross-over from analog to digital tv. Along comes MTV, Atari, computer games, Apple, YouTube, Facebook. It’s these elements which are used to define the X, Y and Zs.

Therefore, in marketing terms, it’s the sociological generations that are being referring to, and that we should try to understand.

Identify the Generation Group

generation group and year of birth


I’ve made it into the Baby Boomers group (1963) so this article, about finding the Best Social Media Platforms is actually pretty accurate when I think of how I interact with the world wide web.

Knowing the generation group will help to focus on theright social media outlets. So saving time posting to the right social media sites might give us more time to focus and improve other business areas, such as our websites, orimproving our content

It won’t be a ‘one-size fits all’ for every business scenario, and there might be some trial and error. But, when we’re running a business, this ‘Generation Game’ might give us more time to spend with our loved ones. That has to be a ‘Brucie’ bonus.

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