In this article, we will cover an interesting topic concerning the length of pages in a WordPress website. Additionally, we will touch on the pros and cons of having one and does it come with any kind of limitations.
WordPress does not have a page length limitation. The same goes technically for the number of pages you can have on a website as well.
Pros of having a long page on your WordPress site
Not having a limit on the specific page length in WordPress does allow you to have everything in one place. Especially if you are a website that mainly offers a lot of blog articles or news in general.
Long-form content does not need to be dozens of pages with very little content in them. There isn’t a set standard for how much content you put on a page or if you divide everything. It would depend specifically on your individual preference and targeted group criteria. Ultimately, you are looking for a balance of pages on various topics that provide in-depth value with their content.
The main pros connected to having a lot of content on your page are:
- Visitor time – the more content you have on your page, the longer it will take for the visitor to read everything and spend more time on your site on average.
- Content Value – if you provide in-depth value with your content, then your visitors will discuss and share the topic at hand more often.
- SEO Benefits – long-form articles tend to rank better when compared to short-written ones.
There are quite a lot of pros when it comes to having content on your page but it needs to be balanced, because if you overdo it, then it will lead to certain cons which we will discuss next.
Cons of having a long page on your WordPress site
The first thing that needs to be mentioned here is SEO and how you need to be careful when going around writing your pages and more importantly creating the structure for your website.
- Seo Disadvantage – If you decide to have a single page with all of your content on it, without any actual separation or different subheadings, then it will hurt your traffic. On the other hand, having more pages will increase your traffic, so restricting it, in general, would not be productive.
- Website Performance – Having a lot of content concentrated on one page is going to require a lot of resources to load successfully, especially if you have third-party ads integrated into it, and ultimately can hurt your load time.
How to avoid any issues when creating long-form content on your WordPress website
First, you need to structure the page itself if you plan to have a lot of content on it. That can happen mainly by integrating it through subheadings which will allow you to further differentiate sub-topics.
The main points to having subheadings are:
- Provide you with the proper description for your content so that your visitors know what they are reading.
- They will help you with breaking up different types of content, like step-by-step instructions.
- Subheadings will form an important part of your page structure.
When adding images to a page that you plan to have a lot of content on, be careful of its size and how it can affect the performance of your website. Be sure to minimize their number if you can, depending on the content and if you plan on illustrating it through them.
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