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    Should my content be a page or a post?

    I have a old html site that features static content, most pages are descriptions of hikes in Montana ( I built the site myself in the late 90s so it is hopelessly out of date. I’m currently in the process of rebuilding the site on Wordpress. I need some very basic advice — should I set up my content as pages or posts?

    Since it is how my current site works, I’m thinking I should post my content as pages. For the most part the page will never change. There is no timeliness involved and there is usually no need for me to revisit a page after it is published. It seems to me that this is the type of content that should be a page. However, with pages I don’t have the same options for archiving and displaying pages by tags. I’ve found plug ins that will allow me to add categories and tags to my pages but I am still missing much of the organizing and archiving advantages that come from tags.

    After I convert the site I plan to add a blog and I will be adding a lot of additional content over the next couple of years. I’m thinking that I will publish new permanent content as pages with a blog post that will point to the page. Again, this could be a backwards way to do things — I’m just an old guy trying to figure this out.
    I’m using Twenty Twenty as my theme and Gutenberg for page building.

    I thought this would be a common issue but I have not been able to find any good suggestions or tutorials online.

    Can anyone help?



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    I think you might get different answers to this, depending on who you ask.

    If you use pages, you will have to basically edit the pages if you need to add to them later.
    There is nothing wrong with this, but as you noticed, this is pretty much static. Searches on key words will result in entire pages.

    Here is my idea ...

    You create categories like: Livingston Area, Paradise Valley, Big Timber Area
    Under each category you create sub categories like: Pine Creek, George Lake, Passage Creek Falls, Crow Mountain

    So the sub categories (or child categories) are going to act like your "pages".

    Now, you add content to the sub categories as posts.
    But here is where things get more advanced ....
    You modify the display so that the posts do not show any author, date, or information ... just the content.
    You also add a plugin to reverse the posts so the oldest one always shows on top. Wordpress default is to always show the newest post on top.

    You can take the content from your old website page and make it an entire post, or break it up into smaller posts. When displayed, they will all appear as one page ... no indications that they are posts.

    If someone references the category called "Big Timber Area", they are directed to a bunch of sub categories like, Boulder River, Natural Bridge Falls, Big Timber Creek Falls, etc.

    If they view Natural Bridge Falls, they will see all of the "posts", which show as paragraphs, or content. As you add posts, or more content to Natural Bridge Falls, the post will appear below the previous one. It won't look like a post (as you would see in a blog) because there will be no information regarding the author, date, etc.

    Doing this will require you to modify the PHP scripts to customize the way posts appear.

    Here is more about child categories. I cannot find any tutorials on modifying the PHP scripts.

    That's just my idea.
    If you don't have any PHP scripting skills to customize the scripts, then you might have to just stick to static pages.
    At that point, you may want to use some other platform, such as WIX, weebly or some other online web page editor site.
    Last edited by mlseim; Jan 20th, 2020 at 08:18 PM.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I am thinking about this to be sure I understand what you are suggesting. It seems like it might be a partial solution. I've gotten about half the pages converted to Wordpress pages so I have some time to figure this out before I redirect the url.

    Any other thoughts or comments are gratefully accepted.



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