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How To Edit And Delete WordPress Pages

Editing and deleting WordPress pages is similar to editing and deleting WordPress Posts.

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

To learn how to create a WordPress Page, see this tutorial: {How To Create A WordPress Page|How To Create A Page In WordPress

How To Edit And Delete Pages In WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

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

How To Edit Individual Pages In WordPress

To edit an individual WordPress page, log into your admin area and click on Pages > All 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) …

(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

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

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) …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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

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

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

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 An Individual Page In WordPress

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

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

In the ‘Pages’ screen, locate the page you want to delete, then hover over the page title to display the options menu and click on Trash

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

Note: You can restore a page in the Table of Pages by clicking on the Undo link [See (2) below] immediately after being sent to the trash …

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

The contents of the trash will display in the Table of Pages. Place your mouse 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 …

Your page will be permanently deleted …

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 …

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 …

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…

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

Editing And Deleting Multiple WordPress Pages

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 Table of Pages. You can select multiple pages 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 …

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 Bulk Edit Pages In WordPress

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

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 …

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

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 Delete Multiple Pages In WordPress

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

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] …

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

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 …

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

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

Editing And Deleting WordPress Pages – Useful Tips

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

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 …

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

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

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

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