Hints and Tips

Differences between Post and Page

In WordPress, you can write either Posts or Pages.

A Post is a regular blog entry. Posts automatically appear in reverse chronological order on your blog’s home page.

A Page is for content such as “About Me,” “Contact Me,” etc., information that lives outside of the normal blog chronology and is often used to present information about yourself or your site that is somehow timeless – information that is always applicable. You can use Pages to organize and manage any amount of content.  Other examples of common pages include Copyright, Legal Information, Reprint Permissions, Company Information and Accessibility Statement.

In general, Pages are very similar to Posts in that they both have Titles and Content and can use your site’s Presentation Templates to maintain a consistent look throughout your site.
To summarize, the key distinctions that make Pages different from Posts:

  • Pages are for content that is less time-dependent than Posts.
  • Pages can be organized into pages and Subpages.
  • Pages can use different Page Templates which can include Template Files, Template Tags and other PHP code.
  • Pages are not Posts, nor are they excerpted from larger works of fiction. They do not cycle through your blog’s main page.
  • Pages cannot be associated with Categories and cannot be assigned Tags. The organizational structure for Pages comes only from their hierarchical interrelationships and not from Tags or Categories.
  • Pages are not files. They are stored in your database just like Posts are.

Custom Menus

Creating different custom menus

You can create different custom menus for your blog and display them when needed.

  1. Go to the Admin Panel and select Appearance > Menus.
  2. Create a new menu in the Custom Menu panel.
  3. Change which menu is displayed using the Theme Locations panel.
  4. Click Save in the Theme Locations panel.
  5. Click Save Menu in the Custom Menu panel.

Creating multiple menus

If the theme you’ve chosen supports multiple menus, follow the steps above to create different custom menus then use the Theme Locations panel to choose which menu will be the Primary and Secondary menu.

Creating custom menus through Widgets

If you want to have custom menus on your blog but find that your theme doesn’t support custom menus, use the Custom Menu Widget.

  1. Go to the Admin Panel and select Appearance > Menus.
  2. Create a custom menu.
  3. Go to the Admin Panel and select Appearance > Widgets.
  4. Drag the Custom Menu widget to the widget area and select the custom menu that you just created.

Hint: Custom Menus, when available, can be used in combination with the Custom Menus widget.

Organizing Your Menu Items

In the Custom Menu Panel, drag and drop menu items into the order that you’d like them to appear on your blog.

More about Custom Menus

Rearranging the Order of Panels

For convenience and ease of use, you can arrange the order of the panels on any of WordPress’ pages by clicking on the panel’s header and dragging it to its new location.  You can put the panels you access most often towards the top of the page.

Click on the header of the panel and drag to its new location.  You will see a dashed rectangle when the panel is in a valid position.

Customizing the Edit Post Page

You can customize the way your New and Edit Post pages are displayed through Screen Options.

Single or Double Column Format

  1. Click on Screen Options to expand the menu.
    Screenshot: Screen Options
  2. In Number of Columns, select “1” or “2.”
    Screenshot: Columns

Note: Any time you switch from a 1-column display to a 2-column display, a dotted-lined square appears on the right side of the page.  Drag and Drop panels into the second column by clicking on the panel’s header and dragging it into the dotted-lined square.  When the panel is in a valid location, a dashed rectangle will appear.

Display/Hide Panels

  1. Click on Screen Options to expand the menu.
  2. Check the panels you want displayed and uncheck the panels you want hidden.

Rearranging Panel Order

  • Click on the panel’s header and drag it to its new location (a dashed rectangle will appear when the panel is in a valid location).  It may be more convenient for you to have the panels you access most often towards the top of the page.

Hint: Panels can be rearranged in any WordPress page.