How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts – Part 2

Learn how to edit and delete single and multiple posts in WordPress.

How To Edit And Delete WordPress PostsThis is Part Two of a two-part tutorial on how to edit and delete posts in WordPress.

In Part One, we looked at the different features and functions of the WordPress Posts Table.

This tutorial shows you how to edit and delete a single WordPress post, how to perform single and bulk post edits and deletions, and provides additional tips to help you save time creating content with posts.

Go to the WP Dashboard and click on Posts > All Posts

Posts Menu - All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

This brings you to the WordPress Posts section …

WordPress Posts area - Table of Posts

(Posts panel – Table of Posts)

In the Posts area, you can:

  • Add a new post (adding a new post is explained in great detail here).
  • Edit single/multiple posts.
  • Delete individual/multiple posts.

Let’s begin by learning how to edit your posts In WordPress.

Editing Your Posts In WordPress – Tutorial

Different methods can be used to edit posts depending on whether you plan to edit a single post, or edit multiple posts.

Use the step-by-step tutorial in this section to learn about editing WordPress posts …

Editing Posts Individually In WordPress

Follow the steps below to edit single posts:

In the Table of Posts, find the post you would like to edit, then either click or hover over the title to display the options menu and click on Edit

Post management - Edit link

(Post management options – Editing your post)

The post you have selected opens up in the Edit Post screen …

Edit Post area

(Edit Post section)

Now you can edit your post by changing your details in the following sections:

  1. Post Title – Change the title of your post.
  2. Permalink – Edit your post URL here.
  3. Visual / Text Editor – The visual/text editor provides all of the features you need to edit and format your content. Add, edit or delete text-based content, insert and delete images, add media (e.g. videos), etc.
  4. Content Area – Edit the content of your post here.
  5. Author – This section lets you change the author of the post. See this tutorial to learn more about changing the author of a post in WordPress.
  6. Revisions – If you need to go back to an earlier saved version of your post, use the Revisions feature. See this tutorial for step-by-step instructions about using Post revisions.
  7. Post Excerpt – Edit the excerpt of your post. See this tutorial for detailed instructions about this feature.
  8. Discussion – Enable/disable discussion options for your post here. For more details, see this tutorial.
  9. Comments – This section lets you view and manage post comments.
  10. Post Publish Box – Edit your post publish settings. For example, you can make your post private, schedule the post for publishing at a later date, etc. For more details about this section, see this tutorial.
  11. Categories – Edit your post category in this section by selecting or deselecting categories. You can also add new categories to your post by clicking on the ‘+ Add New Category’ link (see the example below). To learn more about using categories, see this tutorial.
  12. Tags – Add or delete your post tags here. You can add post tags by entering tags separated by commas into the Tag field and then clicking on the ‘Add’ button (see the example below). For more information about using post tags, see this tutorial.
  13. Featured Image – Use this section to change your featured image. For more details about using featured images, see this tutorial.

As mentioned above, here is a screenshot of the ‘Categories’ section. Here you can select or add a new post category …

Edit Posts area - Categories box

(Edit Posts area – Post Categories section)

And here is a screenshot of the ‘Tags’ box. Here you can add or delete tags from your posts …

Edit Posts area - Post Tags box

(Edit Posts screen – Post Tags section)

Depending on the WordPress theme you are using, you may also be able to edit your post format …

Format box

(Format section)

Info

If you need help using post formats, refer to this step-by-step tutorial: Understanding Post Formats In WordPress

When you have finished editing your post, click on Publish > Update to save your changes …

 Post Publish section

( Update post)

Once After saving your changes, you can view these by clicking on either the ‘Post Updated. View post’ link (1), or the ‘Preview Changes’ button (2) …

Edit Posts area - view post edits

(View post changes – Edit Posts screen)

Note: You can also view changes to your post while working in the Edit Post screen by clicking on ’Preview Changes’ .

Useful Tip

A feature that often gets overlooked is that post edit screen boxes can be easily reconfigured to help you work more efficiently when editing posts.

For example, you may want the featured image section to be located higher up on your screen, or reorder your post tags or post categories boxes to display above your post formats box.

You can hide or display sections using the Screen Options tab, collapse or expand boxes, and drag and drop different sections to rearrange your post edit screen …

You can reorganize Post Edit screen boxes

(You can reorganize Post Edit screen boxes)

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 can be used to delete posts in WordPress depending on whether you plan to remove single posts, or delete multiple posts at once.

Follow the tutorial in this section to learn about deleting single and multiple posts …

How To Delete Single Posts

To delete single WordPress posts, follow these steps:

In the Table of Posts, locate the post you would like to delete, then hover over the title to display post options and click the ‘Trash’ link …

Post management - Trash

(Post management options – Trash)

Your post will be moved to the Trash (1). Posts can be returned to the Table of Posts by clicking the ‘Undo’ link (2) immediately after items are sent to the trash …

Edit Posts area - Trash options

(Posts area – Trash options)

To delete your post permanently, click on ’Trash’ …

Posts area - Trash filter menu

(Posts area – Trash link)

The Table of Posts will display the contents of your Trash. Hover over the title of the post to display your post trash management options and click on either the ‘Restore’ link to restore your post or the ‘Delete Permanently’ link to permanently erase your post …

Trash management options

(Post trash management)

Clicking on ‘Delete Permanently’ will permanently erase your post …

Post trash management - Delete post permanently

(Trash management options – Permanently deleting a post)

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You can also delete a post inside the Post Edit screen by clicking ’Move to Trash in the Publish feature …

Move to Trash - Post Publisher Module

(’Move to Trash’ – WordPress Post Publishing Module)

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

WordPress also lets you edit and delete multiple WordPress posts. This is useful if you are performing administration tasks such as removing old or unwanted posts, or if you just want to make bulk changes to post meta information in 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, or select all posts by clicking on the main check box at the top of the Title column heading …

How to select all posts at once

(Select all posts at once)

After selecting your posts, select the option to either ‘Edit’ or ‘Move to Trash’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click ’Apply’ to begin processing your selection …

Posts area - Bulk Actions menu

(Bulk Actions menu)

How To Edit Multiple Your Posts

To edit multiple posts on WordPress:

  1. Select posts,
  2. Choose ‘Edit’ in the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, and
  3. Click the ‘Apply’ button …

How to edit multiple your posts

(How to bulk edit posts in WordPress)

If ‘Edit’ is selected in the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, various Bulk Edit options will display in the inline bulk editor area …

Bulk edit feature

(Bulk edit feature)

The Bulk Edit screen allows you to edit a number of areas for your selected posts:

  • Categories – One or more categories can be ADDED in bulk to posts, but categories cannot be CHANGED or DELETED using the bulk editor feature.
  • Tags – Tags can be ADDED to multiple posts, but you cannot CHANGE or DELETE tags for those posts using the bulk editor feature.
  • Author – Use the drop menu to change the author for all selected posts.
  • Comments – Use the dropdown menu to enable/disable comments for the posts you have selected.
  • Status – Use the drop-down menu to change the status of all selected posts (e.g. Published, Draft, etc).
  • Format – Use the dropdown menu to change the Post Format of all selected posts (e.g. Standard, Aside, etc.) Note: this option may not display depending on the theme you are using.
  • Pings – Use the drop menu to enable/disable pinging for the posts you’ve selected. 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 WordPress Discussion Settings.
  • Sticky – Use the drop-down menu to change all selected posts to either sticky or not sticky. (For more details about making WordPress posts sticky, go here)

Once you are done, click the ‘Cancel’ button to abandon your operation without saving changes, or click ‘Update’ to save your changes …

Bulk editor screen - Cancel edit or save changes

(Bulk edit screen – Cancel editing or save changes)

How To Delete MultiplePosts In WordPress

To delete multiple WordPress posts:

  1. Select one or more posts,
  2. Choose ‘Move to Trash’ in the Bulk Actions drop menu, and
  3. Click ‘Apply’ …

How to delete multiple posts

(Bulk deleting WordPress posts)

If ‘Move to Trash’ is selected in the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, your posts will be moved to the Trash (2). Your posts can be returned to the Table of Posts by clicking ’Undo’ (1) immediately after items are sent to the trash

Posts area - Trash options

(Posts screen – Trash options)

To permanently erase the posts, click on the ‘Trash’ link on the Post filter menu …

Posts area - Trash link

(Posts screen – Trash link)

The Table of Posts displays the items you’ve placed in the Trash. Select the post(s) you want to permanently delete by ticking the checkboxes next to their post title, then select either ‘Restore’ to return your posts to the Table of Posts, or ‘Delete Permanently’ to permanently delete all selected posts using the Bulk Actions dropdown menu …

Posts trash management - Bulk Actions

(Post trash management options – Bulk Actions)

You can also erase all posts by clicking on the ‘Empty Trash’ button’ …

Posts trash management options - EmptyTrash button

(Post trash management options – EmptyTrash)

If you select ‘Restore’ from the Bulk Actions dropdown menu, your posts will be returned to the active list of posts from the Trash …

Restoring posts from the trash

(Restoring posts from the trash)

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

Post trash management - Posts permanently deleted

(Trash management options – Permanently deleting posts)

Editing And Deleting Posts – Useful Tips

Useful WordPress Tip

Tip #1: You can access the Posts section from your Dashboard by clicking on ’At a Glance’ > ‘Posts’ …

WordPress Dashboard > 'At a Glance' > 'Posts'

(WordPress Dashboard > ‘At a Glance’ > ‘Posts’)

Tip #2: You can set the number of posts to display in the Posts area by clicking on the ‘Screen Options’ tab at the top of the screen …

WordPress Posts Table - Screen Options tab

(WordPress Posts section – Screen Options)

Enter the number of posts to display in the ‘Pagination’ > ‘Number of items per page’ field and click ‘Apply’ …

Screen Options tab - Set the number of posts to display

(Screen Options tab – Set the number of posts to display)

Depending on the number of posts you have set to display, the pagination function may or may not show …

WordPress pagination function

(WordPress pagination feature)

Tip #3: The Screen Options panel allows you to display or hide certain columns in the Posts table …

Display/Hide columns in Table of Posts

(Show/Hide columns in the Posts table)

For example, the screenshot below shows the Posts table with all columns disabled …

All column options deselected

(All column options disabled)

You can also enable/disable various options in the Edit Post screen when editing posts individually …

Edit Post area - Screen Options

(Edit Post screen – Screen Options tab)

Tip #4: If you change the title of a post, 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 …

Edit Posts screen - Permalink: > Edit

(Permalink: > Edit button)

When you edit the post slug, type all letters in lowercase (use “a-z” and “0-9” only) and separate words with a hyphen (like-this-example). Click ‘OK’ when finished to save the new post URL …

Edit Posts screen - Permalink

(Edit Posts section – Permalink)

Alternatively, just paste the title of your post into the Permalink: > Edit field and WordPress will automatically format the slug correctly …

Permalink: > OK

(Permalink)

Update the post to save your new settings …

Permalink

(Edit Posts panel – Permalink)

When changes are made to the post category and/or the post slug, WordPress automatically updates all instances of the changed post permalink throughout your site. For more details about search engine friendly URLs, see this tutorial: Improve Your WordPress SEO Using SEO-Friendly URLs

Tip #5: To filter posts by category, select the category from the ‘Categories’ column, or choose a category from the ‘All Categories’ drop-down menu …

Select posts by category

(Select posts by category)

A list of all posts that include that category will display in your list of posts …

Post area - Show posts by category

(Display posts by category)

Clicking on a post category is like performing a bulk category filtering. To return your Table of Posts to the default list of posts, do the following:

  1. Select ‘All categories’ from the drop menu, then
  2. Click on the ‘Filter’ button …

Selecting 'All categories' returns to the default state

(Post section – Returning your Table of Posts to the default state)

Tip #6: To filter posts by tags, click on the tag from the ‘Tags’ column …

Post screen - Displaying posts by tag

(Filter posts by tag)

Only posts with the tag will show up in your list of posts …

Showing posts by tag

(Filter posts by tag)

Tip #7: By default, posts are normally ordered in reverse chronological order in the Table of Posts …

The Table of Posts normally displays posts in reverse chronological order

(Posts are generally listed in reverse chronological order)

To see all posts listed in alphabetical (or reverse alphabetical) order, click the black triangle next to ‘Title’ in the column header …

You can display posts in alphabetical order

(You can arrange posts alphabetically)

You can also reorder posts by date and comments …

Sort posts by dates and comments

(Posts can be sorted by dates and comments)

Tip #8: If you use a plugin like Jetpack to extend the functionality of your WordPress site (e.g. to automate your content distribution and increase traffic), you can also create short URLs 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 short and concise posts are necessary.

As stated in the Jetpack site …

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.

(Source: Jetpack.com)

Click on the ‘Get Shortlink’ button next to ‘Edit’ …

Edit Post section - Get Shortlink

(Get Shortlink button – Edit Post section)

And copy the link to your clipboard …

Post shortlink

(Using shortlinks)

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

Related Articles And Tutorials

The tutorials and articles below will help you gain a better understanding of topics discussed above, and learn how to get more benefit from using WordPress posts:

Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts

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Originally published as How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts – Part 2.