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How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts

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WordPress introduced a new content editor in version 5.0 called Gutenberg.

For tutorials on how to use the new Gutenberg content editor, go here:

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In other articles and tutorials, we explain the main difference between Posts and Pages and show you how to create a new post in WordPress.

In WordPress, editing and deleting posts is very easy.

This tutorial shows you how to edit and delete an individual post. This tutorial also explains to use the features of the WordPress Table of Posts for performing individual and multiple edits and post deletions and provides loads of useful tips to save you time using WordPress.

This tutorial covers the following:

Accessing The Posts Section

In the WP Dashboard, select Posts > All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

This brings you to the Posts page …

(Posts page)

In this section, you can add, edit, and delete posts …

(Add, edit, and delete posts in the Posts page)

We have written a detailed tutorial about creating a new WordPress post here: Creating A Post In WordPress

WordPress Table Of Posts

The Table of Posts lists posts that have already been published, posts scheduled for publishing, sticky posts, private posts, draft posts (posts that are yet to be published), and posts that need to be approved before being published (pending posts).

Let’s go through some of the main features of the Table of Posts:

The WordPress Table of Posts lists all of your posts in a row in reverse chronological order (newest at the top) …

(Post dates)

You can select checkboxes to bulk edit posts (see Part Two of this tutorial to learn more about bulk editing posts) …

(Select checkboxes to bulk edit posts)

WordPress Table Of Posts – Columns
Title

The title of each post displays in this column as a clickable link. Clicking on a post title lets you edit the post …

(Posts Table – Post Title column)

Hover over the post title to access options that will allow you to manage your posts …

(Hover over title area with cursor to view options)

You can perform the following tasks:

Indicators let you see if posts have been saved as Draft, Private Post, Password Protected, etc …

(Table of Posts – Post Status indicator)

Post Author

Posts authors are displayed in the ‘Author’ column …

(Post Author)

If your website allows multiple authors to publish content, click on an author name …

(Author links are clickable)

This will display all posts that have been authored by the same user …

(List of all posts authored by the same user)

Categories

This column lets you see your post categories.

Click on a category …

(Posts Table – Post category links are clickable)

And your Table of Posts filters and returns only posts which include that particular category …

(WordPress displays posts by categories)

Post Tags

This column lets you see the tags your posts have been published or scheduled to publish under.

Click on a specific tag in this column …

(Tag links are clickable)

And all posts which include that tag will be listed in the Posts table …

(Posts sorted by tag)

Post Comments

The column with the “comment bubble” lets you see the number of comments associated with each post. If comments have been added to a post, the number of comments will appear in the comment bubble next to the post.

You can view any comments left on posts simply by clicking on the icon …

(Clicking on the bubble lets you view comments for that post)

If any post has comments that need to be approved by an administrator before they can be published, the number of comments awaiting approval will show next to the comment icon for that post …

(Post Comments column – WordPress Table of Posts)

The number of approved comments is shown inside the post’s comment icon …

(Comments – Posts Table)

Note: Clicking on the commenting bubble takes you to the Comments section where you can approve or disapprove comments left by visitors …

(Manage comments left on your posts by visitors and users in the Comments screen)

Post Date

The ‘Date’ column shows the dates for each post as follows:

(Date)

As well as listing posts using the default ‘List’ view, the Table of Posts can also display posts with ‘Excerpt’ view …

(Posts Table – Post Excerpts View)

To display posts in the Table of Posts in Post Excerpt view, see the section below.

Posts Table – Screen Options

To view Table of Posts options, click on the ‘Screen Options’ tab in the top right-hand corner of your screen …

(Posts Table – ‘Screen Options’)

The top section of the Posts screen will expand, revealing several options for configuring your Table of Posts …

(WordPress Posts: Screen Options – Table of Posts options)

Options are divided into the following sections

Click ‘Apply’ to save and update your settings when finished …

(Posts: Screen Options – Table of Posts options)

Post Management Area – Sorting And Filtering

WordPress provides a number of features and menu links that let you sort, filter, and display selected posts. Depending on your post status, you will see the following menu links:

(WordPress Post management area – Menu options)

Clicking on any of these links displays only the posts associated with that status in the Table of Posts …

(WordPress Post Management Screen – Click menu links to filter posts by status)

Below the menu filter and next to the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu and ‘Apply’ button are two additional post filtering options:

Post Dates Filter

In the Table of Posts, you can filter posts by months. By default, Show all dates is selected and displays all posts.

To display only posts published or scheduled to publish within a particular month, select a period from the Posts > ‘All dates’ dropdown menu and click the ‘Filter’ button …

(View Posts Filter – All Dates/Months)

View Posts – All Categories/Categories

In the Table of Posts, you can also filter posts by category. By default, All Categories is selected and displays all of your posts.

To filter posts by category, select a category from the ‘All Categories’ dropdown menu and click the ‘Filter’ button …

(View Posts Filter – All Categories/Selected Categories)

Use the Search function to filter and display only posts that contain words or phases entered into the search field. This is useful if there is a large number of posts spanning across many pages …

(Posts section – Search Posts button)

To remove the results of the search filter and display all posts again in the Table of Posts, click the ‘All’ link in the posts section above the table …

(Remove the results of the search filter by clicking ’All’)

The search filter results will be cleared and all of your posts will be listed once again in the Table of Posts …

(Posts area – Table of Posts)

Next Step …

Now that you have a better understanding of what all the different sections and functions of the WordPress Table of Posts are and how they work, the next step is to learn how to edit and delete posts.

This is the end of part one of this tutorial.

Click on the link below to continue reading:

Editing And Deleting A Post In WordPress – Part Two

Related Articles And Tutorials

To gain a better understanding of using WordPress posts, see the articles and tutorials below:

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