When to use a page and when to use a category? What’s the difference anyway?
Say you want to show your events. You’d like to update them on a regular basis. You have a few options, here are two of them.
A page is just that: it’s a single page. You can design it how you like (add columns, photos, headings, etc.). You could add your events in a bulleted list. But it’s not “automated.” Pages are best for content that’s not going to be updated very often. For example, the About Us page or Contact Us or Company Missions.
[box type=”info”]Use a page if you want full design control, but also want to manually update the content. [/box]
You could also, this gets a little technical, have an automated list of your event posts … OK, I’m getting ahead of myself. So yes, you could make this page do some fancy tricks and have content dynamically pulled into it … but then we’re sorta talking about what a category does.
A category is a collection of posts in that category. It will show the list of those posts. Depending on your theme, this usually will show, per post:
- Post title
- Featured image
- Meta data (author, date posted, etc.)
- Excerpt (or full content if you choose)
- Read more
The downside of this approach is that it’s just that: a list. You can style this list (and use layout features) to kinda get it to list in ways that you’d like, but it’s not like a page that you can go in there and make it look exactly as you’d like. It’s a list, you can make the items sort or show as you’d like, but at the end of the day, it’s a list.
[box type=”info”]Use a category to show a list of posts. [/box]
One note is that if it’s a portfolio or at least if you have featured images for each post, you can also choose to show just those in a grid format with the title underneath. Still, it’s a list of posts in a category.