3. Terminology

Posts and Pages

In WordPress, you can write either posts or pages.

  • Posts. When you’re writing a regular entry, you write a post. Posts automatically appear in reverse chronological order on your home page, and you can allow people to comment on your posts.
  • Pages. Pages, on the other hand, are for content such as “About,” “Contact,” etc. Pages live outside of the normal site chronology, and are 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.

For a more complete discussion of the use of pages see: http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages

And for a good summary of best practices for posting, see: http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts#Best_Practices_For_Posting

Categories and Tags

Categories and tags are both good ways to help visitors to navigate your site.

  • Categories. Categories or Topics are a useful way to group your posts. Categories can be hierarchical. For example the category ‘Reports’ includes two sub-categories: ‘State of the Meeting’ and ‘Interchange’. If you place a post in a sub-category it is useful to also place it in the higher level category also.The list of categories appears on your web page on the right column with a count of items. A user can click on the category name and a new web page will be generated on the fly listing the posts in date order (most recent first.)
  • Tags. In addition to categories, tags are also used to help visitors (and searchers) to find articles of interest. While categories tend to be very stable and limited in number, you can make up any number of tags describing your post. For example in a report about committee activities in your meeting you might want to tag the post with “Advancement & Outreach”, “Religious Education”, as well as other committee names covered in the article.
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