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How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts

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WordPress introduced a new content editor in version 5.0 called Gutenberg.

For tutorials on how to use the new Gutenberg content editor, go here:


In other tutorials, we look at the main difference between a Post and a Page and show you how to create a new post in WordPress.

WordPress tasks like editing content and deleting posts simple.

In this tutorial, you will learn about editing and deleting single posts. It also explains to use the built-in features of the WordPress Posts Table for performing single and multiple post edits and deletions and provides additional tips to help you save time using WordPress.

Parts One and Two of this tutorial series cover the following:

Posts Screen

In the WordPress Dashboard, choose Posts > All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings up the WordPress Posts panel …

(Posts panel)

In this section, you can add, edit, and delete posts …

(Add, edit, and delete posts in the WordPress Posts panel)

For more information about adding a new WordPress post, go here: Creating A Post In WordPress

Post Management Screen

The Table of Posts displays your published posts, posts scheduled for publishing, sticky posts, private posts, draft posts (posts that are not yet published), and pending posts (posts that need to be approved by an administrator or editor before being published).

Let’s take a look at the main features of the Table of Posts:

The Table of Posts displays a list of all your posts displayed in reverse chronological order …

(Posts display in reverse chronological order)

Posts can be selected for bulk editing or deletion by clicking on the checkbox next to each post title (see Part Two of this tutorial for more details about bulk editing posts) …

(Select checkboxes to bulk edit posts)

Table Of Posts – Column Sections
Post Title

Each post title displays in this column as a clickable link. Click on the post title link to edit the post …

(WordPress Posts page – Post Title column)

Hovering your mouse over a row in the posts list will reveal features that enable you to further manage your post …

(Hover over post title area to view options)

The following post management links are available:

Post status indicators let you see if posts have been saved as Draft, Pending, Password Protected, etc …

(Post Status indicator)

Post Author

Posts authors are listed in the ‘Author’ column …

(Table of Posts – Post Author)

If your site allows multiple authors to publish content, click on an author name …

(Table of Posts – Post author column)

This will display all posts authored by that user …

(List of all posts authored by the same user)

Categories Column

This column lists post categories.

Click on a specific category …

(Categories column)

And your Posts table filters and returns all posts assigned to that specific category …

(List of posts filtered by categories)

Tags Column

This column lists all the tags that your posts have been assigned to.

Click on any tag …

(Tag links are clickable)

And only posts including that tag will appear in the Posts table …

(Posts filtered by tags)

Post Comments

The column with the “commenting bubble” shows the number of comments associated with your posts. If any posts have comments, the number of comments will appear in the comment bubble next to the post.

To view any comments, simply click on the bubble icon …

(Click on the bubble to view comments)

If any posts have pending comments, the number of comments awaiting approval will appear next to the comment icon for that post …

(Comments – WordPress Table of Posts)

With approved comments, the number is shown inside the post’s commenting graphic …


Note: Clicking on the commenting icon takes you to the Comments screen where you can moderate comments left by visitors …

(Moderate comments left on your posts by visitors and users in the Comments screen)


The ‘Date’ column shows the dates for each post as follows:

(Date column)

As well as displaying posts using the default ‘List’ view, you can also display posts with ‘Excerpt’ view …

(Post Excerpts View)

To display posts in the Table of Posts in Excerpt view, see the section below.

Posts Table – Screen Options

To view options and settings for configuring your Table of Posts, click on the ‘Screen Options’ tab at the top of the screen …

(WordPress Table of Posts – ‘Screen Options’)

The top section of your screen expands and reveals a number of options for configuring your Table of Posts …

(WordPress Posts: Screen Options – Table of Posts options)

Options are divided into the following sections

Remember to click the ‘Apply’ button to update your settings when you are done …

(WordPress Posts: Screen Options – Table of Posts options)

Table Of Posts – Filtering Posts

WordPress offers a number of options and menu links that let you filter and sort your posts. Depending on your post status, you will see the following links:

(Post management screen – Post status options)

Clicking on any of these links displays only the posts associated with that status in the Table of Posts …

(Post Management Screen – Click menu links to view by status)

Below the post menu links and next to the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and ‘Apply’ button are two additional post filtering options:

Filter Posts By Date

In the Table of Posts, you can filter posts by months. Show all dates is selected by default and all your posts are displayed.

To display all posts within a particular time period, select a specific month from the Posts > ‘All dates’ drop menu and click the ‘Filter’ button …

(Date Filter)

Category Filter

The Table of Posts also lets you filter posts by categories. All Categories is the default selection and displays all your posts.

To display only posts assigned to a particular category, select an option from the Posts > ‘All Categories’ drop menu and click the ‘Filter’ button …

(View Posts – All Categories/Categories)

If there are many posts spanning across many pages, you can use the Search feature to filter and display only posts containing the words entered into the search field …

(WordPress Table of Posts – Search feature)

To remove the results of the search filter and display all posts again, click the ‘All’ menu link above the table …

(Remove the search filter results by clicking the ‘All’ link)

The search filter results will be cleared and all of your posts will be listed once again in the Table of Posts …

(WordPress Posts page – Table of Posts)

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of what all the different functions of the WordPress Table of Posts are and how they work, the next step is to learn how to edit and delete your posts in WordPress.

This is the end of section 1 of this tutorial.

To continue reading, click the link below:

Editing And Deleting A Post In WordPress – Part Two

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