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How Many Pages Does Your Blog Have?

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For this post, I wanted to take about pages. Not posts, but pages. Some bloggers have multiple pages, while others might just have one or two, and I thought it was worth chatting about.

Home page

Depending on how you’ve got your blog set up, your blog posts may displayed on your blog’s home page. I’ve got a static home page that doesn’t change, and then a separate page where my blog posts are displayed.

I don’t think one is inherently better than the other; it probably depends mostly on whether you’ve got things you want to say/show aside from your latest posts.

About page

While an about page is optional, it’s a nice thing to have. If a new viewer comes across your blog, an about page might be the first thing they look for to get a feel for who you are and what your blog is about. It’s not a bad idea to revisit it every so often and refresh it as needed; it’s the kind of thing that’s very easy to forget about and then the next time you get around to looking it’s no longer very accurate.

Contact page

You don’t have to have a contact form, and even if you do have one somewhere, it doesn’t need its own contact page. However, is an easy way for people to get in touch with you. I prefer having a contact form over just listing my email as a contact because for people to bug me, they’d have to keep coming back to the contact form each time, whereas if they have my email, they can spam me long-term very easily. Granted, it’s not that hard to find my email on my site, but most spammy types don’t bother hunting.

Tag/category pages

You don’t have to create these, because WordPress does if for you automatically. However, it’s convenient to know how to find them, so you can include them in your menus or wherever else you might happen to want them.

On my site, https://mentalhealthathome.org/tag/about-me/ is the URL of the page for the “about me” tag. The category page on my site for stigma, for example, is found at https://mentalhealthathome.org/category/stigma/

Page organization

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Image by fumingli from Pixabay 

You can add structure to your site using parent and child pages. In the diagram above, about, products, and contact are all parent pages, and the boxes appearing underneath products are child pages. I’ve organized my pages into parents and children, because it keeps it more organized for me, but for the average non-organization-nut blogger it’s probably not something you need to think about.

Pages and the WP Reader

When you publish a new page, it doesn’t typically show up in the WordPress Reader, although I’ve seen it happen a few times. When people are browsing through your older blog content or searching within the Reader, your pages won’t show up.

Regular readers are usually just stopping by to read your latest posts, and probably aren’t all that likely to wander over to any of your pages. As a result, at least in my experience, you’r pages aren’t going to get anywhere near the kind of traffic that you do on blog posts.

How many pages do you have?

I have 7 parent pages and 22 child pages. Out of that, 1 parent and 3 child pages are created by my ecommerce plugin, so they don’t really count. Most of them have been created within the past 2 years, and one of their biggest functions is to help me stay organized in terms of my blog’s content. Do I need them? Nope. Do I like them? Yup, and that’s good enough for me.

For a trued spectacle of multi-page organizing wizardry, Rory at A Guy Called Bloke is very much the champion.

And at the other end of the scale, you could have a single page that’s your home/blog page, and that would be perfectly alright too.

How many pages do you have, and what role do they play for your blog?

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55 thoughts on “How Many Pages Does Your Blog Have?”

  1. I think I only have one page. I’d like to have more pages, like at least an about page for the reasons you’ve mentioned, but I think what makes me hesitant is the technical side of setting one up.

        1. I agree with Ashley, they’re quite simple to set up. I always look for an about page whenever I look for new blogs to read. It doesn’t have to be complicated or long but it’s nice to have a little glimpse into who the author is. 🙂

  2. Just one page – that’s all I need. I never read “About’ pages, as a matter of fact I never have clicked on any other pages except the blog page – that’s all I’m interested in – whatever the person is talking about today…(tho I have scrolled back to older posts if it’s a new blog I’m reading.)

      1. They might try actually reading the blog to determine that…and scrolling back to see other posts. Perhaps I should read some “About” pages to see how people are presenting themselves. Nah, reading the blog posts themselves say more about someone.

  3. Wowz, you’ve got a lot of pages!! 😮 Go you!!

    I have the main blog page (not a home page) and then an “about me” page that includes my email address. Oh, wait, I forgot my author website!! I have a fun page over there for every book (since whenever I last updated it), and then I have a whole page devoted to Echo, who was a wonderful and loving doggie. And if you go to my main home page at megkimball dot wordpress dot com, I did some really awesome stuff there if you click on the icons for each book on the right. I would never be able to recreate that, and I just somehow managed to figure out how to do it the one time. They’ve all got funny comments about each book in my series! 😀 “Will Corey find the Kleenexes she needs, or will she have to use her sleeve?” and so on. (Spoiler: she had to use her sleeve, but then it turned out that there were travel tissues in the glovebox of the car.) HA HA HA HA!

  4. I have an about me page and an extremely long home page LOL! I’ve attempted to break it up but my home page is long due to the many and sometimes very long posts I write. Thank you for the advice previously about trying it privately! I may get brave and try that! 😊

  5. I added a Patreon page today but I doubt most people bother going there. As you say, most people read in reader, although I do like the About pages and make the effort to go there for new bloggers I may discover.

    Depends on the type of blog you have too, I think, right? If you sell stuff such as books, services or products it might make sense to have more pages.

  6. I have three pages, Home, About, and Contact. To be honest my home pages gets quite a few “like”s. Not sure why though, I just kept it clean and simple. Only once have I had someone write to me through my Contact page. I did not know about child pages and for me I am not sure I need them. I do well just keeping up to reading blogs that I follow and writing.

  7. I had to count just now, but it appears I have seven “grandparent” pages, four child pages, and thirty “grandchild” pages. I decided some time ago just to use my WordPress web site to store all my various stuff, though I admit to have done a very sloppy and incomplete job of it. Thanks for tuning me in.

  8. I have 23 pages. I have the standard ones (about the author, contact me, etc.) and then a page per major topic I frequently cover on my blog (mental health, racial issues, etc.).

  9. Nice post Ashley! I always look for About page, I feel one should let the reader to have a little peek into who they are. It don’t have to be a detailed biography, but a glimpse of the person who is on the other side writing that blog, that helps to connect with the readers. When I come across a brilliant post I got to their blog looking for About page and when i don’t see one I feel bit disappointed.

    People rarely hit contact pages whenever I see that page got a hit in stats, I make a point to go and check WP feedback to see the msg (as there is no notification for this).

    As you rightly said, pages don’t show up in WP reader. It shows only if someone goes to your actual blogsite. If you want your WP reader to go to New pages, creating a post with a link to a particular page helps.

    1. I get email notifications when people send a message through my contact form; I don’t even remember how I initially set that up. A lot of the messages are spammy, but a few are legit.

    1. I’ve noticed that when I do happen to look at someone’s about page, you’ve already been there and liked it! Not that I’m stalkerish and paying attention to that kind of thing… 😉

  10. I’ve not actually sat and counted my pages but at quick guesstimate I’d say half a dozen.

    I’ve created more recently due to WP’s new editor functions allowing me to be more creative.

    I am curious though, how many people read our posts via the WP reader or as they appear on the web? (hope that makes sense)

    1. It’s hard to say. I know some bloggers who only read in the Reader, and others who always visit the actual site. I’ve got mine set up to just show post excerpts in the Reader because the Reader makes a mess of certain types of blocks. I use media+text blocks a fair bit, and those show up ugly in the Reader.

      1. I agree as like you I use a combination of media & text. I much prefer reading people’s blogs the way the blogger intended them to look rather than in the “reader” format. Probably because I’m a creative & I enjoy seeing the different aesthetics.

  11. I have 4 pages total. One page is entirely devoted to my posts. One tells about what my blog is about and who I am in relation to my blog. Another page gives a brief glimpse into things that are connected to my posts. My homepage basically gives a image of what my blog is about.

  12. That’s a top post indeed Ashley …. and l was thoroughly captivated and as l was reading down and thinking ‘Mm, parents and children pages, blimey, l have a few of those myself’.. and scrolling down l suddenly say me and my blog hahaha! It didn’t dawn on me straight away as l was counting pages … but thank you for the mention Ashley, because l received the PB via WP which isn’t unusualy these days sadly.

    But all that aside and excellent post.

    I have a few Parents and a lot of kids to support and they do need a lot of support, navigation is l think more important for us as the blogger as we look at our blogs from an observer’s point of view that perhaps an external point of view. I agree that most readers tend to look at the current published content over archived and YET as l know you know and l have found out that l have quite a few posts that are evergreen and readers do go back to and through my navigation, hence why l am always working on it and tweak it often.

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