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.
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.
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.
For some ideas about what to include, I’ve done a post on about pages here.
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.
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/
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 true 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?