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Pages vs Categories - help? (2 posts)

  1. shillise
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hi everyone :)

    I am a WP newbie and am a little confused by pages and categories and was wondering if someone could explain these to me in relation to what I am trying to do on my blog.

    I have a custom menu up the top and would like these to be each of the topics I have on my blog - craft, health, travel etc.

    When someone clicks on these links I would like them to go to another page which has different areas of these topics.

    For example, if you click on Travel it will take you to a page that a list of destinations (shown as pictures with their country title underneath). Then when you click on say, New Zealand, it will take you to another page that has all the posts about NZ.

    In this context, what would be pages and what would be categories?

  2. barnez
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    You can only set categories for posts, not for pages. Categories are topic areas you can associate with different posts (only one category per post). So for your Travel section, if you use posts to create your content then maybe you would have categories such as South Asia /South East Asia / East Asia / Australia and South Pacific . Then, if you have a list of your categories in your sidebar (created easily with a widget), your visitors can have another way of navigating through your content.

    If you created a Travel post (http://yoursite/travel/), with your list and brief descriptions of destinations as you mention, then you could link through the images and text to each destination page:
    http://yoursite/new-zealand/
    http://yoursite/australia/
    Both of these posts could have the Australia and South Pacific category (created and selected on your edit post page).

    Your other option is to create pages. In this case your countries would be sub-pages or children of the parent page. e.g.:
    http://yoursite/travel/
    http://yoursite/travel/australia/
    http://yoursite/travel/new-zealand/

    Using pages gives you a different hierarchy as you can see, and you could link to these sub-pages as above (as per your list and linked images/descriptions on the Travel page), and show them in a drop down menu below your main menu Travel tab. But, you cannot assign categories to pages.

    Sorry if this is a bit or ramble, but it makes real sense to be sure of your site structure before you begin. Here's some more info:
    http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/what-is-the-difference-between-posts-vs-pages-in-wordpress/
    http://www.wpbeginner.com/glossary/category/

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