How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

Learn how to use the WordPress Quick Edit feature to edit information about your WordPress posts and pages.

Learn To Use WPWordPress Posts and Pages not only include content but also information about the post or page itself.

For example:

  • Title of your post or page
  • Slug (i.e. the words make up the post or page URL)
  • Post/Page publishing date.
  • Post/Page Author
  • Post/Page Status (e.g. Draft, Pending Review, Published, etc.)
  • Page/Post Privacy Settings (e.g. Private)
  • Post Tags and Categories
  • And various other settings

Quick Edit is an inline editor that lets you edit a number of Post and Page settings without having to edit the page or post itself.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the inline editor (Quick Edit) in WordPress to quickly edit Posts and Pages.

Important

For step-by-step tutorials on how to edit and delete WordPress posts and pages, go here:

How To Use Quick Edit

Follow the tutorials below to learn how to use the quick edit feature of WordPress to edit your posts and pages.

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature To Edit Your Post Details

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the main navigation menu and click on choose Posts > All Posts

Posts - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts screen, which displays all the posts on your site …

Table Of Posts

(Table Of Posts)

In the Posts area, locate the post entry you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the item’s title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

Click on the 'Quick Edit' link

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The inline editor displays several editing options …

Quick Edit - options

(Inline editor – options)

The  Quick Edit screen allows you to edit a number of settings:

WordPress Post Settings - Quick Edit

(Quick Edit – Post Options)

Plus …

WordPress Post Settings - Quick Edit

(WordPress Post Settings – Quick Edit Screen)

Quick Edit – WordPress Post Options

[1] Title – Replace the post title.

[2] Slug – Replace the post slug in this field. Important: When editing post URLs, type all the letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate all with a hyphen (e.g. “this-is-a-post-url”). For more information about the benefits of using post and page slugs to improve your SEO, go here: Improve Your WordPress SEO With SEO-Friendly URLs

[3] Date – Edit the date and time of your post here. Note: Use this setting to schedule posts to publish at a future date. For more information on how to change dates to automate content publishing times, go here: How To Schedule WordPress Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple post authors, use this feature to assign your post another author. Note: If your website or blog only has one post author, this option will not be displayed. For a detailed tutorial on how to change post authors, go here: How To Change Post Authors In WordPress

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this feature to password-protect your posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For more information about using this option to protect content in your posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: WordPress Content Protection For Posts And Pages

[6] Cancel Button – Clicking the ‘Cancel’ button abandons your edit.

[7] Categories – This setting lets you specify a new category for your posts. Note: You can add and change categories in this section, but you cannot delete post categories using Quick Edit. To learn about adding, editing, and deleting post categories, see this step-by-step tutorial: Configuring Categories In WordPress Posts

[8] Tags – This section lets you change your post tags. Note: You can add and change post tags, but you cannot delete a post tag using Quick Edit. For more information about adding, editing, and deleting tags in WordPress, see this tutorial: Configuring And Using Tags In Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this area to allow/disallow comments and pings for your post. For more information about using this feature to protect content in your WordPress posts, see this step-by-step tutorial: WordPress Discussion Settings

[10] Status – Use the dropdown menu to edit your Post Status.

Quick Edit - Post status drop-down menu

(Post status pulldown menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Tick or untick the checkboxes in this section to make your posts ‘sticky’. For more information about making WordPress posts sticky, go here:

[12] Update – Click this button to save the edit.

Click the 'Update' button after making changes to save your new post settings

(Click the ‘Cancel’ button to cancel and exit the Quick Edit area or click the ‘Update’ button after making changes to save your new post settings)

Bulk Edit WP Posts Using The Inline Editor

In addition to editing individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts using the Quick Editor.

To make bulk changes to posts using the inline editor, tick the check boxes next to the items you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button …

Table of Posts - Bulk edit posts in WordPress

(Table of Posts – Bulk editing WordPress posts)

The Bulk editor expands to reveal all the options for bulk editing your posts …

Bulk Edit - options

(Bulk editor section)

Most of the options are the same as those shown in the regular Quick Edit screen with a few differences.

For example, depending on your theme, a field called Format may or may not display. Use the pulldown menu to change the post format.

Format Options

(Bulk editor – Post Formats)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here:

You can also remove a specific post entry from the bulk editor function by clicking on the delete icon …

Remove from Bulk Edit

(Removing individual entries from Bulk Edit)

Now that we’ve looked at using Quick Edit with WP posts, let’s take a look at using the Quick Edit feature with pages.

How To Use The Quick Edit Feature To Edit A WordPress Page

Since WordPress Posts differ from WordPress Pages (to learn more about the differences, see this tutorial), the Quick Edit feature displays slightly different options when editing with Pages.

Log into the administration area and click on Pages > All Pages

Pages Menu - All Pages

(WP Pages Menu – All Pages)

browser, listing all the pages on your site …

WordPress Pages Table

(WP Pages Table)

Find the entry you want to edit, then hover over the page title to view the options menu and click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link …

'Quick Edit' feature

(Click on ‘Quick Edit’)

The Quick Edit inline editor displays all your editing options …

Inline editor screen

(Inline editor – options)

The  inline editor screen lets you modify a number of options:

Page Settings - Quick Edit Screen

(Page Options)

And …

Quick Edit - Page Settings

(WordPress Page Settings)

[1] Title – Replace the title of your pages.

[2] Slug – Modify the page slug. When editing page slugs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate all with hyphens (e.g. this-is-a-page-url).

[3] Date – This field lets you change the date and time of your page. Note: Use this feature to schedule pages to publish at a future date.

[4] Author – If your site allows multiple authors, use the Author dropdown menu to assign a new author to your select page. Note: If your site only contains one author, this function will not appear.

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this feature to password-protect pages or make them private (hidden from visitors).

[6] Cancel – Click this button to cancel the edit and leave your changes unsaved.

[7] Parent – Use the pull-down menu to specify whether your page is a ‘main’ page (displays at the top level) or a ‘child’ page (subpage) of another page (see diagram below)  …

In WordPress, main pages and subpages can also be called 'parent' pages and 'child' pages

(Main pages and nested pages are also called ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – This function is useful for rearranging the order of how your page should appear in a page list, menu, etc. Type a number into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it above a page with a value of “2”.

[9] Template – If your theme comes with different templates for your pages, you can change the template by selecting a new one using the pull-down menu in this section.

Quick Edit - Template dropdown menu

(Quick Edit – Page template menu)

[10] 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)

[11] Status – Use the dropdown menu to change the Status of your Page to Published, Private, etc.

Inline editor - Status options

(Page status drop-down menu)

[12] Update – Clicking this button saves your changes.

Click the 'Cancel' button to cancel and exit the Quick Edit screen or click the 'Update' button after making changes to save your page settings

(Click ‘Update’ after making changes to save your new page settings)

Bulk Edit WordPress Pages Using The Quick Edit Feature

In addition to editing individual pages, you can also bulk edit settings in your pages using Quick Edit.

To bulk edit pages, tick 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 pages in WordPress

(Bulk editing WP pages)

The inline bulk editor expands and displays several bulk options for editing your pages …

Quick Edit - options

(Bulk editor – Page editing options)

Most of these options are identical to those listed in the Quick Edit screen with some additional settings.

For example, the Comments option changes from a checkbox to a pull-down menu …

Bulk editor - Comments

(Bulk editor – Comments)

Change your pages in the Bulk editor section by selecting options from the pulldown menus …

Bulk editor settings

(Bulk editor options)

You can also remove a specific page from the bulk editor function by clicking on the delete icon next to the page title …

Removing individual entries from the bulk editor

(Remove individual items from the bulk editor)

Customizing The Quick Editor

As well as using the inline editor’s built-in options, you can customize the Quick/Bulk editor using plugins, like the one shown below:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit WordPress Plugin

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit)

Download the plugin here, or locate and install the plugin inside your plugin dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Bulk Edit, etc.”) …

Installing the 'Custom Bulk/Quick Edit' plugin

(Installing ’Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’)

After installing and activating the plugin, configure the plugin settings …

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

Configure the plugin’s settings to add custom options to pages and posts …

Configure your Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin settings

(Configure your plugin settings)

New fields will now appear in the Bulk/Quick Edit area …

Bulk Editor - Custom Edit Fields

(Bulk Editor – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress Quick Edit to edit various elements of your pages and posts.

How To Use The WordPress Inline Editor To Edit Your Posts And Pages

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