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How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts

*** Important ***

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:


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

In WordPress, editing post content and deleting posts is simple.

In this tutorial, you will learn about editing and deleting an individual WordPress post, how to use the WordPress Table of Posts for performing individual and multiple post edits and deletions and provides additional tips that will save you time working with WordPress.

Tutorial content:

The Posts Panel

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the admin navigation menu and select Posts > All Posts

(WordPress Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts page …

(Posts page)

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

(Add, edit, and delete posts in the WordPress Posts panel)

We have created a detailed tutorial on creating new posts here: Creating A Post In WordPress

WordPress Table Of Posts – Features

The Table of Posts includes your published posts, posts scheduled for publishing, private posts, sticky posts, posts that are yet to be published (draft posts), and posts that need to be approved by an administrator or editor before being published (pending posts).

Here are 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 Date column)

Multiple posts can be selected for editing or deletion by selecting the check box next to each item (see Part 2 of this tutorial for more details about bulk editing posts) …

(Select checkboxes in the Posts Title column in the WordPress Table of Posts to bulk edit posts)

WordPress Table Of Posts – Columns

Each post title is displayed as a clickable link. Click on a post title to edit your post …

(Post Title column)

Hover your mouse over the post title to see features that let you further manage your posts …

(Hover over post title with cursor to view options)

You can perform the following actions:

Post status indicators next to the post title let you see if posts have been saved as Draft, Sticky Post, Password Protected, etc …

(Table of Posts – Post Status indicator)

Author Column

Posts authors are displayed in the ‘Author’ column …

(Post Author column)

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

(Post author column)

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

(List of all posts authored by the same user)

Post Categories Column

This column lists all the categories that your posts have been published (or scheduled to publish under).

Click on any category …


And your Posts table lists all posts assigned to that category …

(List of posts displayed by category)

Tags Column

Here, you can see post tags.

Click on any tag …


And only posts including that tag will show up in the Table of Posts …

(Posts listed by tags)

Post Comments

The column with the “comment bubble” displays the number of comments for your posts. If any comments have been made on your posts, the number of comments appears in the comment bubble for that post.

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

(Clicking on the bubble lets you view comments)

If a post has comments that need to be approved by an administrator before they can be made public, the number of comments awaiting approval will display next to the comment icon for that post …

(Comments column)

With approved comments, the number is displayed inside the post’s comment bubble …

(Comments – Posts Table)

Note: Clicking on the commenting bubble brings up the Comments screen where you can manage comments …

(Comments section)


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


In addition to listing posts using the default ‘List’ view, the Posts table can also display posts with ‘Excerpt’ view …

(Excerpt View)

How to display posts in Excerpt View is explained in the section below.

WordPress Posts Panel – Screen Options

To view Table of Posts options, click the ‘Screen Options’ tab at the top of the screen …

(Posts Table – ‘Screen Options’ tab)

The top section of the Posts panel will expand, revealing a number of options for configuring your Table of Posts …

(Posts: Screen Options – Table of Posts options)

Options are divided into the following sections

Remember to click the ‘Apply’ button to save and update your settings when finished …

(Table of Posts options)

Table Of Posts – Sorting Options

WordPress offers various options to filter, sort, and display selected posts. Depending on your post status, you will see the following Post links and the number of posts with that status:

(Table of Posts – Menu links)

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

(Post Management Screen – Click menu links to view by status)

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

Date Filtering

WordPress lets you filter posts by months. By default, Show all dates is selected and all your posts are displayed.

Use the drop-down menu and click the ‘Filter’ button to display posts by date …

(View Posts – All Dates/Selected Months)

View Posts By Categories

In the Table of Posts, you can also filter posts by categories. By default, All Categories is selected and all posts are listed.

Use the drop menu and click the ‘Filter’ button to filter posts by category …

(Category Filter)

If there are many posts spanning across many pages, you can use the Search feature to filter and display only posts that contain the words or phase you have entered into the search field …

(Search Posts function – WordPress Posts screen)

To remove the results of the search filter and view all posts again, click the ‘All’ posts filter above the table …

(Click the ‘All’ link to remove the results of the search filter)

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

(WordPress Posts page – Table of Posts)

Next Step …

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

This is the end of part 1 of this tutorial.

Click on the link below to keep reading:

Editing And Deleting A WordPress Post – Part 2

Related Articles And Tutorials

To learn more about using posts, see the articles and tutorials below:



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