In Part One, we covered the WordPress Posts Table.
This tutorial shows you how to edit and delete an individual WordPress post, how to perform individual and bulk post edits and deletions, and many other great tips to save you time editing your posts.
Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the admin navigation menu and choose select Posts > All Posts …
(Posts – All Posts)
This brings up the WordPress Posts area …
(Posts page – Table of Posts)
In the Posts screen, you can:
- Add a new post (how to create new posts is explained in great detail in this tutorial).
- Edit individual/multiple posts.
- Delete individual/multiple posts.
Let’s begin by learning how to edit your posts.
How To Edit Your WordPress Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial
WordPress lets you edit a single post, or edit multiple posts at once.
Complete the step-by-step tutorial in this section to learn about editing single and multiple posts …
Editing Posts Individually
To edit posts individually, do the following:
Find the post you want to edit, then either click or hover over the title to display the options menu and click on the ‘Edit’ link …
(WordPress Post management – Edit)
The post you have selected opens up in the Edit Post area …
(Edit Post area)
Now you can edit your post by modifying the following sections:
- Post Title – Edit the title of your post.
- Post Slug – Edit your post URL.
- Visual / Text Editor – The WordPress content editor menu provides all of the options you need to edit and format your content. You can add, edit or delete text-based content, insert and delete images, add media (e.g. videos), etc.
- Content Area – Edit your post content here.
- Post Author – Change the post author here. See this tutorial for detailed instructions about changing post authors in WordPress.
- Post Revisions – If you need to view an earlier saved version of your post, use the Revisions feature. See this tutorial for more details about using this feature.
- Post Excerpt – Change the excerpt in your post. See this tutorial to learn more about using this feature.
- Discussion – Enable/disable discussion settings here. For more details, see this tutorial.
- Comments – This section lets you view and manage comments left by visitors on your post.
- Post Publish Box – Edit your post publish settings here. For example, you can make your post sticky, schedule the post for publishing at a later date, etc. To learn more about using this section, see this tutorial.
- Categories – Edit your post categories in this section by selecting or deselecting category checkboxes. You can also add a new category to your post by clicking on the ‘+ Add New Category’ link (see the example below). For more information about post categories, see this tutorial.
- Tags – Add or delete your post tags here. Add tags to your post by entering tags separated by commas into the Tag field and then clicking on the ‘Add’ button (see the example below). For more details about using tags, see this tutorial.
- Featured Image – Use this section to change the featured image of your post. To learn more about featured images, see this tutorial.
As mentioned above, here is a screenshot of the ‘Categories’ feature. Here you can select or add a new category to your post …
(Edit Posts area – Categories box)
And here is a screenshot of the ‘Tags’ section. Here you can add new post tags …
(Edit Posts area – Tags section)
Depending on the WordPress theme you have installed, you may also be able to edit your post format …
(Edit Posts screen – Post Format module)
If you need help with using post formats, go here: WordPress Post Formats – A Basic Guide
Click on Publish > Update to save your changes after you have finished editing your post …
( Update post)
To view your saved changes, click on either the ‘Post Updated. View post’ link (1), or ’Preview Changes’ (2) …
(View changes – Edit Posts screen)
Note: You can also view changes to your post while working in the Edit Post screen by clicking on ’Preview Changes’ .
A feature that often gets overlooked is that post edit screen boxes can be easily reconfigured to help you work more efficiently when editing posts.
You can hide or display sections using the Screen Options tab, collapse or expand boxes, and drag and drop different sections to rearrange your post edit screen …
(You can reorganize Post Edit screen boxes)
Now that you know how to edit a post in WordPress, let’s show you how to delete one.
Deleting Posts In WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial
WordPress lets you delete single posts, or make delete multiple posts.
Complete the step-by-step tutorial in this section to learn about deleting single and multiple posts in WordPress …
Deleting A Post
Follow the steps below to delete posts individually:
In the Table of Posts, locate the post you want to delete, then hover over the post title to display the options menu and click the ‘Trash’ link …
(WordPress Post management – Trash link)
Your post will be moved to the Trash (1). To restore a post, click the ‘Undo’ link (2) immediately after sending posts to the trash …
(Posts area – Trash options)
To erase the post permanently, click on ’Trash’ …
(Posts screen – Trash link)
The items you’ve sent to the Trash can be viewed in your Table of Posts. Hover over the post title to display your trash management options and click on either ’Restore’ to restore your post or ’Delete Permanently’ to permanently erase the post …
(Post trash management options)
Clicking on ‘Delete Permanently’ will permanently delete your post …
(Post trash management – Delete post permanently)
You can also delete a post when editing by clicking ’Move to Trash in the Publish feature …
(Post Publishing Module – ‘Move to Trash’)
How To Edit And Delete Posts: Bulk Method – Tutorial
With WordPress, you can also edit and delete multiple posts at once. This is useful if you are performing administration tasks such as removing old or unwanted posts, or if you would like to make bulk changes to meta information in a number of posts.
To perform bulk operations, select posts from the Table of Posts list. You can select multiple posts by clicking on each check box next to the post, or select all posts at once by clicking on the main Title column heading checkbox …
(Selecting all posts at once)
After selecting your posts, select either ‘Edit’ or ‘Move to Trash’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click ’Apply’ to begin processing your selection …
(Posts area – Bulk Actions menu)
Bulk Editing Your Posts
To edit multiple WordPress posts:
- Select posts to edit,
- Choose ‘Edit’ in the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, and
- Click ‘Apply’ …
(Bulk editing posts)
If ‘Edit’ is selected in the Bulk Actions dropdown menu, the inline bulk editor area will expand and present a number of Bulk Edit options …
(Bulk edit feature)
The Bulk Edit feature lets you edit a number of areas for your selected posts:
- Categories – Categories can be ADDED to multiple posts, but categories cannot be CHANGED or DELETED using the bulk editor.
- Tags – A tag can be ADDED to multiple posts, but tags cannot be CHANGED or DELETED using the bulk editor feature.
- Author – Use the drop menu to reattribute selected posts to another author.
- Comments – Use the drop-down menu to enable/disable comments for all selected posts.
- Status – Use the dropdown menu to change the status of the posts you have selected (e.g. Published, Private, etc).
- Format – Use the dropdown menu to change the Post Format of all the posts you have selected (e.g. Standard, Status, etc.) Note: this option may not appear depending on your theme.
- Pings – Use the drop menu to enable/disable pinging for all the posts you have selected. If “Do not allow” pings is selected, no one will be able to post pingbacks or trackbacks to your selected posts. Pinging is configured in your WordPress Discussion Settings.
- Sticky – Use the drop menu to change all the posts you have selected to either sticky or not sticky. (For more details about making posts sticky, see this tutorial)
Once you are done, click the ‘Cancel’ button to abandon your operation without saving changes, or click ‘Update’ to save your new post settings and return to the Table of Posts …
(Bulk edit screen – Cancel edit or save changes)
Bulk Deleting WordPress Posts
To bulk delete your posts:
- Select posts,
- Choose ‘Move to Trash’ in the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, and
- Click ‘Apply’ …
(How to delete multiple posts in WordPress)
If you’ve clicked on ‘Move to Trash’ in the Bulk Actions drop menu, your posts will be moved to the Trash (2). Posts can be restored by clicking the ‘Undo’ link (1) immediately after being sent to the trash …
(Posts area – Trash options)
To permanently delete the posts, click on ’Trash’ …
(Posts area – Trash filter menu)
The items you’ve placed in the Trash can be viewed in the Table of Posts. Select the post(s) you want to delete permanently by ticking the checkboxes next to their post title, then go to the Bulk Actions drop-down menu and select either ‘Restore’ to return your posts to the Table of Posts, or the ‘Delete Permanently’ option to permanently erase all the posts you have selected …
(Trash management options – Bulk Actions)
You can also erase all posts by clicking on the ‘Empty Trash’ button’ …
(Post trash management – EmptyTrash)
If you select ‘Restore’ from the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, your posts will be returned to the Table of Posts from the Trash …
(Posts restored from the trash)
If you choose ‘Delete Permanently’ from the Bulk Actions dropdown menu, your posts will be permanently removed …
(Post trash management – Deleting posts permanently)
Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts – Tips And Additional Information
Tip #1: You can access the Posts section from your Dashboard by clicking on ‘Posts’ in the At a Glance panel …
(WP Dashboard > ‘At a Glance’ > ‘Posts’)
Tip #2: Set the number of posts to display in your Posts panel by clicking the ‘Screen Options’ tab near the top right-hand corner of the screen …
(Posts Table – Screen Options tab)
Enter the number of posts you would like to display in the ‘Pagination’ > ‘Number of items per page’ field and click the ‘Apply’ button …
(Screen Options tab – Number of posts to display)
Note: Depending on how many posts you have set, you may or may not see the pagination feature …
Tip #3: The Screen Options panel also allows you to display or hide information in the Posts table …
(Show/Hide columns in the Table of Posts)
For example, here is the Posts table with all columns unticked …
(All column options unticked)
You can also hide/display options in the Edit Post screen when editing a single post …
(Edit Post screen – Screen Options tab)
Tip #4: If you edit the title of a post, you may also want to change post permalink. To edit the post URL (also called the “post slug”) click the Permalink: > Edit button below the post title …
(Edit Posts screen – Permalink: > Edit button)
When editing a post slug, make sure to type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (like-this-example). Click ‘OK’ when done to save the new permalink …
(Permalink: > OK button)
Alternatively, just paste the title of your post into the Permalink: > Edit field and WordPress will automatically format the slug correctly …
(Permalink: > OK)
Update the post to save your settings …
Note: When you change the post category and/or the post slug, WordPress automatically updates all instances of the changed post permalink throughout your site. For more details about using search engine friendly URLs, go here: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO
Tip #5: To list only posts filed under a specific category, click on the category from the ‘Categories’ column, or select a category from the ‘All Categories’ drop menu …
(Post section – Select posts by category)
Only posts filed under that category will show up in your list of posts …
(Display posts by category)
Clicking on a post category is like performing a bulk category filtering. To return your Table of Posts to the default list of posts, do the following:
- Select ‘All categories’ from the dropdown menu, then
- Click on the ‘Filter’ button …
(Choose ‘All categories’ to return to the default post list)
Tip #6: To list posts containing only specific tags, click on the tag from the ‘Tags’ column …
(Post section – Filter posts by tag)
A list of all posts filed with that tag will display in the Posts table …
(Selecting posts by tag)
Tip #7: Posts are normally ordered in reverse chronological order in the Table of Posts …
(Posts are generally shown in reverse chronological order)
To display all posts in alphabetical (or reverse alphabetical) order, click the ‘Title’ triangle in the column header …
(You can organize posts alphabetically)
You can also do the same to reorder posts by date and comments …
(Posts can also be organized by dates and comments)
Tip #8: If you use a plugin like Jetpack (e.g. to automate your content distribution and increase traffic), you can also create short URLs for your posts.
Shortlinks are a useful feature to have if you do a lot of posting on social media, send out promotions via SMS, or use applications where short and concise posts are required.
As stated in the Jetpack site …
Shortlinks are a quick way to get short and simple links to your posts and pages. They use the wp.me domain so you can have more space to write on social media sites.
Click on the ‘Get Shortlink’ button …
And copy the shortlink to your clipboard …
Congratulations! Now you know how to edit and delete posts in WordPress.
Related WordPress Tutorials And Articles
For a better understanding on using posts, refer to the tutorials and articles below:
- WordPress Posts And Pages
- How To Create A New Post In WordPress
- Using The WordPress Inline Editor
- The WordPress Content Editor
- Using HTML In WordPress
- The WordPress Autosave & Revisions Feature
- How To Use Post Excerpts In WordPress
- How To Schedule WP Blog Posts
- What Happens When You Make A Post In WordPress Sticky?
- WordPress Website Traffic Blueprint Part Four – Discover How To Create An Automated Traffic Generating Machine
- Attributing WordPress Posts To Different Users
- How To Set Up Categories In Posts
- How To Configure Tags In Posts
- Setting Up Your WordPress Permalinks
- How To Use Post Formats In WordPress
- How To Configure WP Discussion Settings
- How To Add Featured Images To Your Posts
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