Pages and Posts in WordPress not only include content but also information and settings about the post or page itself.
- Post/Page Title
- Slug (i.e. the words make up the post/page URL)
- Date your page or post was published.
- Page/Post Author
- Post/Page Status (e.g. Draft, Pending Review, Published, etc.)
- Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
- Categories and Tags (Posts)
- And various other settings
If you want to change the above settings for a post or page without making the changes to the content, you can simply use the Quick Edit function.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the inline editor (Quick Edit) in WordPress to edit various elements of Pages and Posts.
For step-by-step tutorials about how to edit and delete posts and pages, go here:
How To Use The Quick Edit Function
Follow the step-by-step tutorials below to learn how to use the inline editor feature of WordPress to edit your pages and posts.
Editing WordPress Post Details With The WordPress Inline Editor
Log into your Dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts …
(Posts – All Posts)
This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all your WordPress posts …
(WP Posts Screen)
Search for the item you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the post title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
The inline editor displays various options …
(Quick Edit – options)
The inline editor section lets you modify a number of settings:
(WordPress Post Options)
(WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit)
Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Post Settings
 Title – Use this option to replace your post titles.
 Slug – Change the post slug. Important: When editing post slugs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “here-is-an-example-of-a-post-url”). For more information about using this option to improve your post SEO, see this tutorial: Configuring Your WordPress Permalinks
 Date – Edit the date and time of your post here. Note: Use this section to schedule your post to publish at a future date. For more information about this setting, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Schedule WordPress Posts
 Author – If your site includes multiple post authors, use this function to assign another author to your select post. Note: If your website or blog only contains one post author, this option will not be displayed. For more information on how to change post authors, go here: How To Change Post Authors In WordPress
 Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to protect content in WordPress, go here: Password-Protecting Content On Pages And Posts
 Cancel Button – Click this button to cancel the edit and leave your changes unsaved.
 Categories – This section lets you change your post categories. Note: You can add and change post categories in this section, but you cannot delete a post category using the inline editor. For a tutorial on how to add, edit, and delete post categories, go here: How To Set Up Categories In WP Posts
 Tags – Use this field to specify a new tag for your posts. Note: You can edit and add new tags in this section, but you cannot delete tags for your posts using Quick Edit. To learn how to add, edit, and delete tags, see this step-by-step tutorial: How To Configure Tags In WordPress Posts
 Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Check or uncheck the boxes in this area to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For more information about using this feature to protect content in WordPress posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: WordPress Setup – Discussion Settings
 Status – Use the dropdown menu to edit the Status of your Post.
(Quick Edit – Post status pulldown menu)
 Make this post sticky – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to make a post ‘sticky’. For more information about the practical uses of this setting, see this tutorial:
 Update Button – Clicking this button saves the edit.
(Click the ‘Update’ button after making changes to save your new post settings)
Bulk Editing WordPress Post Settings Using The Quick Edit Feature
As well as making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts using the Quick Edit feature.
To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Edit function, tick the check boxes next to the posts you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply …
(Bulk editing posts in WordPress)
The Bulk editor displays all your editing options …
(Bulk Edit – Post editing options)
Most of the settings are identical to those shown in the regular Quick Edit screen with some differences.
For example, depending on the theme you are using, you may see an option called Format. Use the drop-down menu to change the format of your post (options: Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, or Status.)
(Bulk editor – Format Options)
For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about WordPress post formats, go here:
You can also remove a specific post entry from the bulk editor by clicking on the remove icon next to the post title …
(Removing specific items from Bulk Edit)
Now that we’ve looked at using the Quick Edit feature with posts, let’s take a look at using the inline editor with WordPress pages.
Editing Pages With The Inline Editor
Since Posts differ from Pages (to learn more about the differences, go here), the inline editor displays a few different options when you’re working with Pages.
Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the admin navigation menu and choose select Pages > All Pages …
(Pages – All Pages)
The Pages screen will appear, displaying all the pages you have created …
(Table Of Pages)
In the Pages area, find the page entry you would like to edit, hover over the title of the page to display the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …
(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)
The Quick Edit inline editor expands and displays all the options for editing your page …
(Quick Edit – Page editing options)
The Quick Edit section lets you change the following information about your page:
(Quick Edit Screen – Page Settings)
(Quick Edit – WordPress Page Options)
 Title – Modify the title of your page here.
 Slug – Use this field to replace your page slugs. Important: When editing page slugs, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. this-is-a-page-url).
 Date – This field lets you edit the page date and time. Note: You can schedule your page to be published at a later date in this section.
 Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author drop-down menu to assign another author to your select page. Note: If your website or blog only contains a single author, this setting will not be displayed.
 Password -OR- Private – Use this section to password-protect your pages or make them private (hidden from visitors).
 Cancel Button – Click ‘Cancel’ to abandon your edit.
 Parent – Use the pulldown menu to specify whether your page is a ‘main’ page (displays at the top level) or a ‘child’ page (i.e. a subpage – see image below) …
(In WordPress, top-level pages and subpages can also be referred to as ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)
 Order – This option is useful for rearranging the order of your page in page lists, menus, etc. Type a number into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it before pages with a higher number (e.g. ”2”, “11”, etc.).
 Template – If your theme provides a number of page templates, you can change the template of your page by selecting a new one using the drop-down menu in this section.
(Inline editor – Page template function)
 Allow Comments – Check / uncheck the box in this section to allow/disallow comments on your Page. (See How To Configure Your WordPress Site Settings: Discussion Settings tutorial for more details)
 Status – Use the dropdown menu to change the Status of your Page to Published, Pending Review, etc.
(Quick Edit – Status options)
 Update Button – Clicking ‘Update’ saves your edit and updates your page settings.
(Click the ‘Cancel’ button to cancel and leave the Quick Edit area or click ‘Update’ after making changes to save your new page settings)
Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using The Inline Editor
As well as making changes to individual pages, you can also bulk edit pages using the inline editor.
To bulk edit pages, select the check boxes next to the items you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click Apply
(Bulk edit WP pages)
The Bulk Edit feature presents several bulk editing options …
(Bulk Edit – options)
Most of the settings are identical to those listed in the Quick Edit screen with some additional settings.
For example, the Comments feature changes from a checkbox to a pulldown menu …
Make changes to your page settings in the Bulk Edit screen by selecting options from the pull-down menus …
(Bulk editor options)
You can also remove a specific entry from the bulk editor function by clicking on the delete icon …
(Remove from the bulk editor)
Quick Edit Plugins
As well as the inline editor’s core options, you can also customize the Quick editor and Bulk editor using plugins, like the one shown below:
(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit Plugin For WordPress)
Download the plugin here, or install the plugin inside your WordPress dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Bulk Edit, etc.”) …
(Find and install the ‘Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’ plugin)
Once the plugin has been installed and activated, configure the plugin settings …
(Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings)
Configure the plugin’s settings to add custom options to pages and posts …
(Configure the plugin settings)
After configuring the plugin’s options, you should see new fields appear in the Bulk/Quick editor screen …
(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)
For more details, go here}:
Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress Quick Edit to quickly edit posts and pages.
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