How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Learn how to edit and delete WordPress pages in this step-by-step tutorial.

How To Edit And Delete WordPress PagesEditing and deleting WordPress pages is similar to editing and deleting WordPress Posts.

This tutorial shows you how to edit and delete a single WordPress Page, how to use the features in the WordPress Table of Pages to perform bulk page edits and deletions, and time-saving tips on using and editing pages.

Practical Tip

If you need help creating a WordPress Page, see this tutorial: {How To Create A New WordPress Page|How To Create A WP Page

Editing And Deleting WordPress Pages – Step-By-Step Tutorial

Complete the tutorial below to learn how to edit WordPress pages.

How To Edit Individual Pages In WordPress

To edit a single WordPress page, log into your WP Admin area and then click on Pages > All Pages

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

This brings up the ‘Pages’ screen, which displays a table of all the pages you have on your site. This includes pages that have already been published, pages that are scheduled for publishing, draft pages (not yet published) and pages pending review (pages that need to be approved by an administrator before being published) …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

(To learn more about the Table of Pages and all of its features, see the next section below.) In the ‘Pages’ screen, find the Page you want to edit, then either click on the title or hover your mouse over the page title to display the options menu and click on Edit

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

The page you have selected will open up in the Edit Page screen …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

The screenshot above shows the more common areas of a WordPress page that you will typically want to edit:

  1. Page Title – Change the title of your page here.
  2. Permalink – Change the page slug here (this affects the URL of your page).
  3. Content Area – Edit your page content here. You can add, edit or delete text, insert and delete images, videos and other media, etc … using the Visual Editor and/or the Text Editor.

Once your changes are saved, you can view your edited page by clicking on the “Page published View page” link (1) …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Note: You can also view your page while working in the Edit Page screen by clicking on the View Page button below the Page title (2) and preview any changes you make at any time by clicking on the Preview Changes button in the ‘Publish’ box.

Table of Pages

The table of pages lists all of your pages in a row …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages Here are the main features of the Table of Pages:

Pages can be selected for bulk editing or processing by clicking on the checkbox next to each page …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Title Column – The Title of each Page is displayed as a clickable link. Clicking on the Title link lets you edit the Page.

Note: Hovering your mouse over the page title also lets you edit the page and see other page options …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

A bold text next to the Page Title will display if your Page has been saved as a Draft, Private, Pending Review, or Password Protected page …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Author – The Page author is displayed in Author column. If your site has multiple authors, then clicking on an author name will display all pages authored by that user in the Table of Pages …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Comments – The column with the “comment bubble” displays the number of comments for each page. If any pages have comments, the number of comments is displayed in the comment bubble for that page.

You can view page comments by clicking on the comment bubble …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Note: Clicking on the comment bubble brings up the ‘Comments’ section, allowing you to moderate comments (see this tutorial to learn more: How To Manage WordPress Comments).

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Date – The Date column for each Page shows the Published Date for published pages, the Last Modified Date for unpublished pages (e.g. Draft Pages), and the Scheduled Date for pages set for publishing at a later date

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Now that you know how to edit a WordPress page, the next step is to complete the step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to delete your WordPress pages.

How To Delete Single WordPress Pages

To delete a single WordPress page, click on Pages > All Pages

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

This brings up the ‘Pages’ screen with your Table of Pages …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages In the ‘Pages’ screen, locate the page you want to delete, then place your mouse over the page title to display the options menu and click on Trash

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Your Page will be moved to the Trash [See (1) below].

Note: A page can be restored to the Table of Pages by clicking on the Undo link [See (2) below] immediately after being sent to the trash …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

To permanently delete a page, click on the Trash link …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

The contents of the trash will display in the Table of Pages. Hover over the title of the page you want to permanently delete, and click on either the ‘Restore’ link to restore the page, or the ‘Delete Permanently’ link to completely delete the page …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Your page will be permanently deleted …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

WordPress Pages – Filtering Options

WordPress offers a number of options to filter and display selected Pages.

Above the Table of Pages, you will see links (e.g. All, Published, Scheduled, Draft, Pending, PrivateTrash, etc.) displayed with the number of pages assigned to each status.

Clicking on any of these links displays only the pages for that status …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Below this section, next to the Bulk Actions dropdown menu and Apply button, are two additional Filtering options:

Show all dates

Use this dropdown menu and then click the Filter button to select and display pages by date …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

By default, “Show all dates” is selected and all of your pages are displayed.

Search Pages

You can also use the Search Pages function inside your ‘Pages’ screen to filter and display only the pages that contain the search words you have entered into the search field…

How To Edit And Delete Posts

To remove the search filter and view all pages again, click on the All link at the top of your page screen …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Editing And Deleting Multiple Pages In WordPress

WordPress also allows you to edit and delete multiple WordPress pages at once. This is useful if you are performing WordPress management or bulk administration tasks such as removing old or unwanted pages, or if you would like to make bulk changes to specific sections of multiple WordPress pages.

Select the pages that you want to bulk edit or delete from the pages list. You can select one page at a time by clicking on the checkbox next to each page, or select all pages at once by clicking on the main checkbox column heading in the Table of Pages …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Once you have selected your pages, choose either Edit or Move to Trash from the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu and click the Apply button to begin processing your selection …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

How To Bulk Edit WordPress Pages

If Edit is selected in the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu [see (2) below] …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Then selecting the pages you want to edit [see (1) above] and clicking on the Apply button [see (3) above] will bring up a number of Bulk Edit options similar to the WordPress Quick Edit feature and display these below the Column headings section …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

The ‘Bulk Edit’ screen allows you to bulk edit the following fields for all selected pages:

  • Author – Use the dropdown menu to change the Author for all selected pages.
  • Parent – Use the dropdown menu to select a new Parent Page for your selected pages.
  • Template – Use the dropdown menu to select a new template for your pages
  • Comments – Use the dropdown menu to allow / not allow comments for all selected Pages.
  • Status – Use the dropdown menu to change the Status of all selected pages to Published, Private, Pending Review, or Draft.

Click the Cancel button to cancel and exit the Bulk Edit screen, or click Update after making changes to save your new page settings …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

How To Delete Multiple Pages In WordPress

If Move to Trash is selected in the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu [see (2) below]…

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Your pages will be moved to the trash after selecting your pages to be deleted [see (1) above] and clicking the Apply button [see (3) above].

Note: Pages can be restored immediately after sending them to the trash by clicking on the Undo link [see (1) below] …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

To permanently delete your pages, click on the Trash link [see (2) above or refer to the screenshot below] …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

The contents of the trash will display on your screen.

Select the page(s) you want to permanently delete by ticking the checkboxes next to their page title, then using the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu, select either the Restore options to restore your pages, or the Delete Permanently link to completely delete all selected pages …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

If you select Restore from the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu, your pages will be restored from the trash …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

If you select Delete Permanently from the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu, your pages will be permanently deleted …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Editing And Deleting WordPress Pages – Useful Tips

Useful WordPress Tip

Tip #1: You can access the ‘Pages’ screen from your dashboard by clicking on Pages inside the ‘Right Now’ box …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Tip #2: You can set the number of pages to display in the Table of Pages by clicking on the Screen Options tab at the top of the page, then entering a number of pages to display in the Pages field and clicking the Apply button …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Tip #3: The Screen Options area also allows you to display or hide certain features in the Pages section …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

And in the Edit Page screen when editing an individual page …

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Congratulations! Now you know how to edit and delete WordPress pages.

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