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How To Edit And Delete WordPress Posts – Part 2

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

In Part One, we covered the different features of the Table of Posts.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to edit and delete an individual WordPress post, how to perform individual and bulk post edits and deletions, and many other useful tips to help you save time using and editing WordPress posts.

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

(WP Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings you to the WordPress Posts section …

(Posts area – Table of Posts)

In the Posts screen, you can:

Let’s begin by learning how to edit posts.

Editing Your WordPress Posts – Tutorial

In WordPress, you can edit a single post, or edit multiple posts.

Use the step-by-step tutorial in this section to learn how to edit WordPress posts …

How To Edit A Single Post In WordPress

Follow the steps below to edit WordPress posts individually:

In the Table of Posts, 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 on the ‘Edit’ link …

(WordPress Post management – Edit)

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

(Edit Post area)

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

  1. Post Title – Change the title of your post here.
  2. Permalink – Edit your post permalink.
  3. Visual / Text Editor – The built-in WordPress content 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 – Change the post author here. See this tutorial for more details about changing the author of a post in WordPress.
  6. Post Revisions – If you need to view an earlier saved version of your post, use the Revisions feature. See this tutorial for more details about using Post revisions.
  7. Post Excerpt – Modify your post excerpt. See this tutorial for more details about using this feature.
  8. Discussion – Enable/disable discussion settings here. For more details, see this tutorial.
  9. Comments – This section lets you view and manage your post comments.
  10. Publish Box – Edit your post publish settings here. For example, you can make your post private, schedule the post for publishing at a later date, etc. For more details about using this feature, see this tutorial.
  11. 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). To learn more about post categories, see this tutorial.
  12. Tags – Add or delete your post tags in this section. Add post tags by entering tags separated by commas into the Tag field and clicking on the ‘Add’ button (see the example below). For more details about post tags, see this tutorial.
  13. Featured Image – Use this section to replace your featured image. To learn more about featured images, see this tutorial.

As mentioned above, here is a screenshot of the ‘Categories’ box. 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’ box. Here you can add or delete tags from your posts …

(Post Tags box)

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

(Format feature)

To learn more about using post formats in WordPress, go here: WordPress Post Formats

When you are done making changes your post, click on Publish > Update to save your changes …

( Update post)

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

(View post changes – Edit Posts area)

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

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 WordPress posts, it’s time to learn how to delete them.

How To Delete Posts In WordPress – 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.

Use the tutorial in this section to learn how to delete WordPress posts …

Deleting WordPress Posts Individually

To delete single posts, follow the steps below:

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

(WordPress Post management – Trash link)

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

(Posts area – Trash options)

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

(Posts screen – Trash link)

The Table of Posts lists the items you’ve placed in the Trash. Hover over the post title to display your post trash management options and click on either ’Restore’ to restore your post or ’Delete Permanently’ to permanently erase your post …

(Trash management options)

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

(Trash management options – Permanently deleting a post)

You can also delete a post when editing by clicking on the ‘Move to Trash’ link in the Publish box …

(’Move to Trash’ – WP Post Publisher Section)

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

WordPress also lets you edit and delete many posts at once. This is useful if you are performing management 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 one post at a time, or select all posts by clicking on the main Title column heading check box …

(How to select all posts at once)

Once you have selected your posts, select either the option to ‘Edit’ or ‘Move to Trash’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ dropdown menu and click ’Apply’ to begin processing your selection …

(Bulk Actions menu)

Bulk Editing WordPress Posts

To edit multiple posts on WordPress:

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

(How to bulk edit posts in WordPress)

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

(Posts screen – Bulk editor)

The Bulk editor lets you edit the following information about your selected posts:

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)

Deleting MultipleWordPress Posts

To bulk delete WordPress posts:

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

(How to bulk delete posts)

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

(Posts area – Trash options)

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

(Posts area – Trash filter menu)

The items you’ve placed in the Trash can be viewed in the Table of Posts. Select the post(s) you would like to permanently delete by ticking the boxes next to their post title, then select either ‘Restore’ to restore your posts, or ‘Delete Permanently’ to permanently delete the posts you’ve selected using the Bulk Actions dropdown menu …

(Trash management – Bulk Actions menu)

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

(Trash management – EmptyTrash button)

If you chose ‘Restore’ from the Bulk Actions drop menu, your posts will be restored to the Table of Posts from the Trash …

(Posts restored from the trash)

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

(Post trash management – Permanently deleting posts)

Editing And Deleting WordPress Posts – Useful Tips

Tip #1: To open the Posts area from your Dashboard, click on ’At a Glance’ > ‘Posts’ …

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

Tip #2: You can set the number of posts to display in the Posts panel by clicking the ‘Screen Options’ tab at the top right-hand corner of your screen …

(Posts Table – Screen Options)

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

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

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

(WordPress pagination function)

Tip #3: The Screen Options area allows you to display or hide column information in the Table of Posts …

(Display/Hide columns in the Table of Posts)

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

(All column boxes unticked)

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

(Edit Post screen – Screen Options tab)

Tip #4: If you change the title of a post, you may also want to change the URL 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 editing a post slug, make sure to 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 done to save the new post URL …

(Edit Posts panel – Permalink)

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

(Edit Posts area – Permalink)

Update your post to save your changes …

(Edit Posts area – Permalink)

Note: When changes are made to the post category and/or the post slug, WordPress updates all instances of the changed post URL throughout your site. For more details about using Permalinks, see this tutorial: Improve Your WordPress SEO With SEO-Friendly URLs

Tip #5: To list only posts that contain a certain category, select the category from the ‘Categories’ column, or select a category from the ‘All Categories’ dropdown menu …

(Post section – Select posts by category)

A list of all posts assigned to the category will show in the Posts table …

(Post area – Show 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-down menu, then
  2. Click on the ‘Filter’ button …

(Post area – Choose ‘All categories’ to return the Table of Posts to its default state)

Tip #6: To list posts containing only certain tags, click on the tag from the ‘Tags’ column …

(Post area – Select posts by tag)

A list of all posts filed with the tag will display in the Table of Posts …

(Filtering posts by tag)

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

(Posts normally display in reverse chronological order)

To order all posts alphabetically, click the little triangle next to the ‘Title’ column header …

(You can arrange to show posts in alphabetical order)

You can also sort posts by date and comments …

(Posts can also be sorted 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 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 wherever sending out short and concise posts are required.

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: https://jetpack.com/support/wp-me-shortlinks)

Just click on the ‘Get Shortlink’ button …

(Edit Post area – Shortlinks)

And copy the short URL to your clipboard …

(Post shortlink)

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

Related WordPress Tutorials And Articles

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