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How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts – Part 2

This is Part Two of a two-part tutorial on how to edit and delete WordPress posts.

In Part One, we covered the Table of Posts.

This tutorial shows you how to edit and delete an individual post, how to perform individual and bulk edits and post deletions, and many practical tips to save you time creating content with WP posts.

In your Dashboard menu, select Posts > All Posts

(Posts – All Posts)

This brings up the WordPress Posts section and displays your Table of Posts

(WordPress Posts panel – Table of Posts)

In the Posts screen, you can:

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

How To Edit Posts – Tutorial

Different methods can be used to edit posts in WordPress depending on whether you plan to edit individual posts, or make changes to multiple posts.

Follow the tutorial in this section to learn how to edit your posts …

Editing Posts Individually

To edit posts individually, do the following:

Find the post you would like to edit, then either click on or hover over the post title to display your post management options and click Edit

(Post management options – Edit link)

The selected post opens up in the Edit Post screen …

(Edit Post screen)

Now you can edit your post by modifying the following sections:

  1. Post Title – Change the title of your post.
  2. Slug – Edit your post slug here.
  3. Content Editor – The built-in visual/text editor menu provides all of the options you need to edit your content. Add, edit or delete text-based content, insert and delete images, add videos and other media, etc.
  4. Content Area – Edit the content of your post here.
  5. Author – If you need to change the post author, you can do it here. See this tutorial for more details about changing the author of a post in WordPress.
  6. Revisions – If you need to go back to an earlier version of your post, use the Revisions feature. See this tutorial for detailed instructions about this feature.
  7. Excerpt – Modify your post excerpt here. See this tutorial for more details about Post excerpts.
  8. Discussion – Enable/disable post discussion settings here. For more details, see this tutorial.
  9. Comments – View and manage all post comments in this section.
  10. Publish Box – Change your post publish settings here. 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.
  11. Post Categories – Edit your post categories in this section by selecting category check boxes. You can also create new post categories 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 in this section. Add tags to posts by entering tags separated by commas into the Tag field and clicking on the ‘Add’ button (see the example below). For more information about using post tags, see this tutorial.
  13. Featured Image – You can replace the featured image of your post here. For more details about using featured images in WordPress, 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 screen – Post Categories box)

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

(Tags box)

Depending on the theme you have installed, you may also be able to edit your post format …

(Edit Posts area – Format section)

We have written a detailed tutorial on using post formats in WordPress here: What Are WordPress Post Formats?

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

(Edit Posts area – Post Publish box)

To view your saved changes, click either on the ‘Post Updated. View post’ link (1), or the ‘Preview Changes’ button (2) …

(View post changes)

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

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)

Now that you know how to edit posts in WordPress, it’s time to learn how to delete them.

Deleting Posts – Tutorial

In WordPress, you can delete individual posts, or delete multiple posts at once.

Complete the step-by-step tutorial in this section to learn about deleting your posts …

Deleting Individual WordPress Posts

To delete a single post in WordPress, follow these steps:

In the Table of Posts, find the post you would like to delete, then hover over the post title to display post options and click on Trash

(WordPress Post management options – Trash link)

Your post will be moved to the Trash (1). Your post can be restored by clicking ’Undo’ (2) immediately after items are sent to the trash …

(Posts screen – Trash options)

To permanently delete your post, click on the ‘Trash’ link …

(Posts screen – Trash filter menu)

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

(Post trash management options)

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

(Trash management – Deleting post permanently)

You can also delete a post from the Post Edit screen by clicking on the ‘Move to Trash’ link in the Publish box …

(WP Post Publisher Feature – ‘Move to Trash’)

Bulk Editing And Deleting Posts In WordPress – Step-By-Step Tutorial

With WordPress, you can also edit and delete multiple posts at once. This is useful if you are performing bulk admin tasks such as removing old or unwanted posts, or if you would like to make bulk changes to post meta information in a number of posts.

To perform bulk operations, select posts from the Table of Posts list. You can select multiple posts by clicking on each check box next to the post, or select all posts by clicking on the main check box at the top of the Title column heading …

(Select all posts at once)

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

(Bulk Actions menu)

How To Bulk Edit WordPress Posts

To bulk edit your posts:

  1. Select one or more posts,
  2. Choose ‘Edit’ in the Bulk Actions dropdown menu, and
  3. Click ‘Apply’ …

(Bulk editing your posts)

If ‘Edit’ is selected in the Bulk Actions drop-down menu, the inline bulk editor section will expand and present you with a number of Bulk Edit options …

(Bulk editor)

The Bulk editor allows you to edit the following information about your posts:

Click the ‘Cancel’ button to cancel and exit the Bulk Edit screen, or click ‘Update’ to save your changes and return to the Table of Posts …

(Bulk edit screen – Cancel edit or save changes)

Bulk Deleting Posts In WordPress

To bulk delete posts on WordPress:

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

(How to delete multiple your posts)

If you have selected ‘Move to Trash’ in the Bulk Actions dropdown menu, your posts will be moved to the Trash (2). To restore your posts, click on the ‘Undo’ link (1) immediately after sending posts to the trash

(Posts area – Trash options)

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

(Posts screen – Trash filter menu)

The items you’ve placed in the Trash will be listed in your Table of Posts. Select the post(s) you would like to delete permanently by ticking the check boxes 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 drop-down menu …

(Post trash management options – Bulk Actions)

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

(Post trash management options – EmptyTrash)

If you select ‘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 choose ‘Delete Permanently’ from the Bulk Actions drop menu, your posts will be permanently removed …

(Post trash management – Delete posts permanently)

Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts – Tips And Additional Information

Tip #1: To access the Posts screen from your Dashboard, click on ‘Posts’ in the At a Glance panel …

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

Tip #2: Set the number of posts to display in the Posts screen by clicking the ‘Screen Options’ tab at the top of the screen …

(Posts Table – Screen Options)

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

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

Note: Depending on how many posts you have set to display, the pagination function may or may not show …

(Pagination screen)

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

(Show/Hide columns in the Posts table)

For example, the screenshot below shows the Posts table with all column options deselected …

(All columns deselected)

You can also hide/display various options in the Post editor screen when editing a single post …

(Post editor screen – Screen Options)

Tip #4: If you edit the title of a post, you may also want to change post URL. 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-used-in-this-example). Click ‘OK’ when finished to save your new post URL …

(Edit Posts section – Permalink: > OK)

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


Republish your post to save your changes …


Note: 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 Permalinks, go here: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

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

(Post section – Display posts by category)

Only posts assigned to the category will show up in the Posts table …

(Post section – Showing 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, do the following:

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

(Choosing ‘All categories’ returns your Table of Posts to the default state)

Tip #6: To display only posts that include particular tags, click on the tag from the ‘Tags’ column …

(Show posts by tag)

A list of all posts that include that tag will show up in the Posts table …

(Post section – Filter posts by tag)

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

(The Table of Posts generally lists posts in reverse chronological order)

To see all posts listed alphabetically, click the little black triangle next to ‘Title’ in the column header …

(You can view posts alphabetically)

You can also organize posts by date 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 (short URLs) 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 official 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.

(Source: Jetpack.com)

Just click on the ‘Get Shortlink’ button …

(Edit Post screen – Get Shortlink)

And copy the shortlink from the pop-up window to your clipboard …

(Using a post shortlink)

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

Related WordPress Tutorials And Articles

For a better understanding on using posts in WordPress, refer to the tutorials and articles listed below:


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