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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 tutorials, we explain the main differences between WordPress Posts vs WordPress Pages and show you how to create a new WordPress post.

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

This tutorial shows you how to edit and delete an individual post. It also explains to use the WordPress Table of Posts for performing individual and bulk edits and post deletions and provides many useful tips that will save you time using WordPress.

Tutorial content:

Posts Screen

Log into your admin area and select Posts > All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings up the Posts area …

(Posts page)

Here you can add, edit, and delete posts …

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

For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about creating a new WordPress post, go here: How To Create A New Post In WordPress

The Table Of Posts Explained

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

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

The WordPress Table of Posts lists all of your posts in a row with the newest posts listed at the top …

(Posts display in reverse chronological order)

Multiple posts can be selected for bulk editing or deletion by ticking the check box next to each post (see Part Two of this tutorial to learn more about bulk editing posts) …

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

WordPress Table Of Posts – Columns
Post Title

Each post title displays in this column as a clickable link. Click on a post title to edit that post …

(Title column)

Hover your mouse over the post title access your post management options …

(Hover over post title to view options)

You can perform the following tasks:

Post status indicators will tell you if posts have been saved as Draft, Sticky Post, Password Protected, etc …

(Post Status indicator)

Post Author

The Post author is listed in the ‘Author’ column …

(Table of Posts – Post Author)

If your website contains multiple authors, click on an author name …

(Table of Posts – Post author column)

This will display a list of all posts authored by that user in your Table of Posts …

(List of all posts authored by a user)

Post Categories Column

In this column, you can see post categories.

Click on a category …

(Categories column – WordPress Posts Table)

And all posts including that category will appear in your Table of Posts …

(List of posts sorted by category)

Post Tags

This column displays the tags assigned to your posts.

Click on a specific tag …

(Tags column)

And only posts which include that tag will show up in your Table of Posts …

(Sorting posts by tag)

Comments

The column with the “comment bubble” lets you see the number of comments associated with each post. If any posts have comments, the number of comments is displayed in the comment bubble next to the post.

To view any comments left on posts, just click on the bubble icon …

(View any comments left on posts by simply clicking on the icon)

If a post has any comments that need to be approved by an administrator before they can be displayed, the number of comments awaiting moderation will display alongside the comment bubble for that post …

(Post comments – Comments awaiting approval)

The number of approved comments displays inside the post’s commenting graphic …

(WordPress Table of Posts: Comments – Approved comments)

Note: Clicking on the commenting bubble brings up the Comments screen where you can approve or disapprove comments left by visitors …

(Comments screen)

Post Date

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

(Date column)

In addition to displaying posts using the default ‘List’ view, the Table of Posts can also display posts in the Table of Posts using ‘Excerpt’ view …

(Table of Posts – Post Excerpts View)

Displaying posts in Excerpt View is explained in the next section.

Posts Table – Screen Options

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

(Table of Posts – ‘Screen Options’)

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

(Table of Posts options)

Options are divided into the following sections

Remember to click the ‘Apply’ button to update your settings when you are done …

(Posts: Screen Options – Table of Posts options)

Table Of Posts – Post Sorting Options

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

(WordPress Post management area – Post menu filters)

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

(WordPress Table of Posts – Click menu links to view by status)

Below the post status links and next to the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu and ‘Apply’ button are two additional filtering features:

Filter Posts By Month

In the Table of Posts, you can filter posts by dates. Show all dates is the default selection and all posts are displayed.

Select an option from the Posts > ‘All dates’ drop menu and click the ‘Filter’ button to filter posts by date …

(Filter Posts by Month)

View Posts Filter – All Categories/Selected Categories

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

Select a category from the ‘All Categories’ drop-down menu and click the ‘Filter’ button to display all posts this category …

(Filtering Posts by Category)

Use the Search Posts function to filter and display only posts that contain search words you’ve typed into the search field. This is useful if there are many posts spanning across many Post screen pages …

(Search Posts button)

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

(Click ’All’ to clear the search filter results)

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

(WordPress Posts section – Table of Posts)

Next Step …

Now that you know a little more about what all the different functions of the 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.

To view the rest of this tutorial, click the link below:

How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts – Part 2

Related Articles And Tutorials

To learn more about using posts in WordPress, refer to the articles and tutorials below:

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