This is Part Two of a two-part tutorial series about editing and deleting posts in WordPress.
In Part One, we covered the WordPress Table of Posts.
This step-by-step tutorial shows you how to edit and delete a single WordPress post, how to perform single and multiple post edits and deletions, and many other great tips to save you time using and editing WP posts.
Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to your navigation menu and choose click on Posts > All Posts …
(Posts – All Posts)
This brings up the WordPress Posts section …
(WordPress Posts section – Table of Posts)
In the Posts screen, you can:
- Create a new post (we explain how to add WordPress posts in great detail in this tutorial).
- Edit individual/multiple posts.
- Delete single/multiple posts.
Let’s begin by learning how to edit posts In WordPress.
- 1 How To Edit Your WordPress Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial
- 2 How To Delete Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial
- 3 How To Bulk Edit And Delete WordPress Posts – Tutorial
- 4 Editing And Deleting Posts – Useful Tips
How To Edit Your WordPress Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial
With WordPress, you can make changes to a single post, or edit multiple posts at once.
Follow the tutorial in this section to learn how to edit posts …
Editing WordPress Posts Individually
To edit posts in WordPress individually, follow these steps:
In the Table of Posts, locate the post you would like to edit, then either click or hover over the post title to display your post management options and click on the ‘Edit’ link …
(Post management options – Edit)
The selected post will open up in the Edit Post screen …
(Edit Post section)
Now you can edit your post. You can edit your post details in the following sections:
- Post Title – Edit your post title here.
- Slug – Edit your post slug.
- Content Editor – The content editor menu provides all of the options you need to edit your content. Add, edit or delete text, insert and delete images, add media, etc.
- Content Area – Edit the content of your post here.
- Post Author – If you need to change the author of the post, you can do it here. See this tutorial to learn more about changing the author of a post in WordPress.
- Post Revisions – If you need to go back to an earlier version of your post, use the Revisions feature. See this tutorial for step-by-step instructions about Post revisions.
- Post Excerpt – You can replace the excerpt in your post. See this tutorial for detailed instructions about using the Post excerpts feature.
- Discussion – Enable/disable discussion settings for your post here. For more details, see this tutorial.
- Comments – View and manage all post comments in this section.
- Publish Box – Edit your post publish settings. For example, you can make your post sticky, schedule the post for publishing at a later date, etc. For more details about this section, see this tutorial.
- Categories – Edit your post categories in this section by selecting category checkboxes. You can also add new post categories by clicking on the ‘+ Add New Category’ link (see the example below). For more information about categories, see this tutorial.
- Post Tags – Add or delete your post tags here. Add tags to posts by typing in your tags separated by commas into the Tag field and clicking on the ‘Add’ button (see the example below). To learn more about using post tags, see this tutorial.
- Featured Image – Use this section to replace the featured image of your post. For more information about using featured images, see this tutorial.
As mentioned above, here is a screenshot of the ‘Categories’ feature. Here you can select or add a new category to your post …
(Edit Posts area – Categories section)
And here is a screenshot of the ‘Tags’ feature. Here you can add new post tags …
(Edit Posts area – Tags section)
Depending on the theme you have installed, you may also be able to edit your post format …
(Edit Posts screen – Post Format feature)
If you need help using post formats in WordPress, see this step-by-step tutorial: WordPress Post Formats – A Basic Guide
Click on Publish > Update to save your changes once you are done making changes your post …
( Post Publish box)
Once you have updated your changes, you can view these by clicking on either the ‘Post Updated. View post’ link (1), or ’Preview Changes’ (2) …
(View post edits – Edit Posts area)
Note: You can also view changes to your post while working in the Edit Post area by clicking on ’Preview Changes’ in the Publish box.
Now that you know how to edit your post, let’s show you how to delete one.
How To Delete Posts – Step-By-Step Tutorial
Different methods are used to delete posts in WordPress depending on whether you plan to remove single posts, or delete multiple posts at once.
Complete the tutorial in this section to learn how to delete your WordPress posts …
How To Delete Posts Individually
To delete individual WordPress posts, follow the steps below:
Locate the post you would like to delete, then hover over the post title to display post options and click on the ‘Trash’ link …
(WordPress Post management options – Trash link)
Your post will be moved to the Trash (1). Posts can be returned to the Table of Posts by clicking ’Undo’ (2) immediately after items are sent to the trash …
(Posts screen – Trash options)
To permanently delete the post, click on ’Trash’ …
(Posts area – Trash filter menu)
The items you’ve placed in the Trash will be listed in your Table of Posts. Hover over the title of the post to display your post trash management options and click on either ’Restore’ to restore your post or ’Delete Permanently’ to permanently erase the post …
Clicking on the ‘Delete Permanently’ link will permanently erase your post …
(Post trash management options – Deleting post permanently)
You can also delete a post inside the Post Edit screen by clicking the ‘Move to Trash’ link in the Publish feature …
(’Move to Trash’ – WordPress Publish Box Section)
How To Bulk Edit And Delete WordPress Posts – Tutorial
With WordPress, you can also edit and delete many WordPress posts. This is useful if you are performing admin tasks such as removing old or unwanted posts, or if you would like to make bulk changes to specific sections of a number of posts.
Select the posts that you want to bulk edit or delete from the Table of Posts list. You can select multiple posts by clicking on each checkbox next to the post one post at a time, or select all posts at once by clicking on the main Title column header check box …
(How to select all posts at once)
After selecting your posts, select either ‘Edit’ or ‘Move to Trash’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu and click the ‘Apply’ button to begin processing your selection …
(Bulk Actions menu)
Bulk Editing WordPress Posts
To edit multiple your posts:
- Select posts to edit,
- Choose ‘Edit’ in the Bulk Actions dropdown menu, and
- Click ‘Apply’ …
(How to bulk edit posts in WordPress)
If you’ve selected ‘Edit’ in the Bulk Actions drop menu, the inline bulk editor section will appear and present you with various Bulk Edit options …
(Bulk edit feature)
The Bulk Edit screen allows you to edit the following information about your posts:
- Categories – Categories can be ADDED to multiple posts, but you cannot CHANGE or DELETE a category for those posts using the bulk editor feature.
- Tags – One or more tags can be ADDED to multiple posts, but you cannot CHANGE or DELETE tags for those posts using the bulk editor.
- Author – Use the drop-down menu to reattribute all selected posts to another author.
- Comments – Use the dropdown menu to enable/disable comments for all selected posts.
- Status – Use the drop menu to change the status of the posts you’ve selected (e.g. Published, Private, etc).
- Format – Use the drop-down menu to change the Post Format of all selected posts (e.g. Standard, Status, etc.) Note: this option may not appear depending on the WordPress theme you have installed.
- Pings – Use the dropdown menu to allow/not allow pinging for all selected posts. If you change posts to “Do not allow” pings, no one will be able to post pingbacks or trackbacks to your selected posts. Pinging is configured in your Discussion Settings.
- Sticky – Use the drop-down menu to change all the posts you’ve selected to either sticky or not sticky. (For more details about making WordPress posts sticky, go here)
Click the ‘Cancel’ button to cancel and exit the Bulk Edit screen, or click ‘Update’ to save your changes …
(Bulk editor screen – Cancel edit or save changes)
How To Delete MultipleYour Posts
To delete multiple WordPress posts:
- Select one or more posts,
- Choose ‘Move to Trash’ in the Bulk Actions dropdown menu, and
- Click the ‘Apply’ button …
(Bulk deleting posts in WordPress)
If ‘Move to Trash’ is selected in the Bulk Actions drop menu, your posts will be moved to the Trash (2). To return posts to the Table of Posts, click the ‘Undo’ link (1) immediately after sending posts to the trash …
(Posts area – Trash options)
To permanently erase your posts, click on ’Trash’ …
(Posts screen – Trash filter menu)
The items you’ve sent to the Trash will display in the Table of Posts. Select the post(s) you want to delete permanently by ticking the boxes next to their post title, then go to the Bulk Actions drop-down menu and select either ‘Restore’ to return your posts to the Table of Posts, or the ‘Delete Permanently’ option to permanently delete the posts you have selected …
(Trash management – Bulk Actions menu)
You can also delete all posts by clicking on the ‘Empty Trash’ button’ …
(Trash management – EmptyTrash button)
If you chose ‘Restore’ from the Bulk Actions dropdown menu, your posts will be returned to the Table of Posts from the Trash …
(Posts restored from the trash)
If you select ‘Delete Permanently’ from the Bulk Actions dropdown menu, your posts will be permanently erased …
(Trash management options – Delete posts permanently)
Editing And Deleting Posts – Useful Tips
Tip #1: To access the Posts area from your Dashboard, click on ‘Posts’ in the At a Glance panel …
(WP Dashboard > ‘At a Glance’ > ‘Posts’)
Tip #2: Set the number of posts to display in the Posts area by clicking on the ‘Screen Options’ tab on the top right-hand corner of the screen …
(Table of Posts – Screen Options tab)
Enter the number of posts you want to display in the ‘Pagination’ > ‘Number of items per page’ field and click the ‘Apply’ button …
(Screen Options – Number of posts to display)
Note: Depending on how many posts you have set, the pagination function may or may not show …
(WordPress pagination function)
Tip #3: The Screen Options panel also allows you to display or hide selected columns in your Table of Posts …
(Display/Hide columns in the Table of Posts)
For example, the screenshot below shows the Table of Posts with all columns unticked …
(All columns disabled)
You can also hide/display options in the Edit Post screen when editing single posts …
(Edit Post area – Screen Options tab)
Tip #4: If you change a post title, you may also want to change the Permalink of your post. To edit the post URL (also called the “post slug”) click the Permalink: > Edit button below the post title …
(Permalink: > Edit)
When you edit a post slug, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (like-the-words-in-example). Click ‘OK’ when done to set your new post URL …
Alternatively, just paste the title of your post into the Permalink: > Edit field and WordPress will automatically format the slug correctly …
Update the post to save your changes …
When you change the post category and/or the post slug, WordPress updates all instances of the changed post URL throughout your site. To learn more about using Permalinks, go here: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO
Tip #5: To list only posts that include a certain category, click on the category from the ‘Categories’ column, or select a category from the ‘All Categories’ dropdown menu …
(Post area – Filtering posts by category)
Only posts that include the category will display in the Posts table …
(Selecting posts by category)
Clicking on a post category is like performing a bulk category sort. To return your Table of Posts to the default list of posts, do the following:
- Select ‘All categories’ from the drop menu, then
- Click on the ‘Filter’ button …
(Select ‘All categories’ to return the Table of Posts to its default state)
Tip #6: To filter posts by tags, click on the tag from the ‘Tags’ column …
(Selecting posts by tag)
A list of all posts filed with the tag will display in the Posts table …
(Post area – Show posts by tag)
Tip #7: By default, posts are normally listed in the Table of Posts in reverse chronological order …
(Posts are normally ordered in reverse chronological order)
To display all posts alphabetically, click on the little triangle next to ‘Title’ in the column header …
(Posts can be viewed alphabetically)
You can also sort posts by comments and date …
(Sort posts by dates and comments)
Tip #8: If you are using a plugin like Jetpack (e.g. to automate your content distribution and increase traffic), you can also create shortlinks for your posts.
Shortlinks are a useful feature to have if you do a lot of posting on social media, send out promotions via SMS, or use applications where sending out short and concise posts are necessary.
As stated in the Jetpack website …
Shortlinks are a quick way to get short and simple links to your posts and pages. They use the wp.me domain so you can have more space to write on social media sites.
Click on the ‘Get Shortlink’ button …
And copy the link from the pop-up window to your clipboard …
(Using a post shortlink)
Congratulations! Now you know how to use the Table of Posts and how to edit and delete posts.
Related WordPress Articles And Tutorials
The articles and tutorials below are useful for gaining a better understanding of topics discussed above, and for learning how to use WordPress posts:
- WordPress Posts Vs Pages
- How To Create A Post In WordPress
- The Quick Edit Function Of WordPress
- How To Use The WP Content Editor
- A Basic Guide To HTML Tags For WordPress Users
- WordPress Autosave & Revisions
- Using WordPress Post Excerpts
- Scheduling Posts In WordPress
- What Does A Sticky WordPress Post Do?
- WordPress Web Traffic Blueprint Part Four – Learn How To Create A Web Traffic-Getting Machine
- Reattributing WordPress Posts To Other Users
- How To Configure Categories In WP Posts
- Adding, Editing, And Deleting Tags In Posts
- Improve Your WordPress SEO Using SEO-Friendly URLs
- WordPress Post Formats
- WordPress Site Configuration – Discussion Settings
- Using Featured Images In WordPress Posts
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