Add a Page / Post

Should I use pages or posts?

There are 2 different types of basic content in WordPress- pages and posts. Both can be used on the same site, but are optimized for different types of content. Before you write your content, you should decide which format would make more sense to use.

  • Pages

    Pages typically contain stable content that resides in a fixed location within the site navigation. For example, the homepage, contact page, or program description pages. Pages can have parents and children. Most Williams department sites use pages as their primary format.


    Posts are best for material that is date sensitive - such as news, announcements, blog posts, magazine articles -  or would benefit from being displayed alongside, or grouped with, related material. Unlike pages, posts can have taxonomies - categories and tags. You can view excerpted versions of all posts in a category (e.g. Artsflash), and set the order in which they are displayed. Assigning a single post to multiple categories lets you display the content in different contexts, without having to duplicate the material.

    Feature Comparison

    Page Post
    Can easily be included in site navigation Y N
    Can be viewed in groups with related material N Y
    Can use categories and tags N Y
    Can be included in RSS feeds N Y
    Can be sorted by date or title N Y

Creating a new page / post

There are two places you can find the link to add a new page or post to your site.

From the dashboard

dashboard-new-page-postPage: Look for “Pages” in your dashboard menu (left column). Hover over it, and select “Add New” from the submenu.

Post: Look for “Posts” in your dashboard menu (left column). Hover over it, and select “Add New” from the submenu.

From the toolbar

Find the grey toolbar at the top of your site (this will appear on both the dashboard and the front end of your site) and hover over the “New” option. Select “Page” or “Post” from the submenu.


The page / post editor

After you select one of the options above, you’ll be brought to the page/post edit interface, as shown below.


1. Title

This will appear as a large header at the top of your page/post, and in the URL, so you’ll want it to keep it short.

2. Content

Click inside the box and start typing to enter content for your page/post. Many formatting options are available, documented at using the visual editor

3. Save

Click the blue “Publish” button to save your page/post.  After saving the first time, the blue button will say “Update” instead of “Publish”. Make sure to save your work as you go. Keeping works-in-progress hidden


Guide to the page/post editing interface