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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 features and functions of the Posts Table.

This tutorial shows you how to edit and delete individual and multiple posts in WordPress, how to perform single and multiple post edits and deletions, and includes additional tips that will help you save time using and editing posts in WordPress.

Log into your WordPress site, then go to the navigation menu and click on choose Posts > All Posts

(Posts Menu – All Posts)

This brings up the WordPress Posts screen …

(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 – Step-By-Step Tutorial

In WordPress, you can make changes to individual posts, or make bulk edits to posts.

Complete the step-by-step tutorial in this section to learn about editing single and multiple posts in WordPress …

Editing Posts Individually

To edit individual posts in WordPress, follow these steps:

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

(WordPress Post management options – Editing your post)

The selected post will open up in the Edit Post area …

(Edit Post section)

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

  1. Post Title – Change your post title.
  2. Post Slug – Change your post slug.
  3. Content Editor – The built-in WordPress visual/text editor provides all of the options you need to edit and format your content. You can add, edit or delete text-based content, insert and delete images, add videos and other media, etc.
  4. Content Area – Edit your post content here.
  5. Author – This section lets you change the post author. See this tutorial for step-by-step instructions about changing the author of a post in WordPress.
  6. Post Revisions – If you need to view an earlier version of your post, you can do it using the Revisions feature. See this tutorial for step-by-step instructions about using this feature.
  7. Post Excerpt – Edit your post excerpt. See this tutorial for detailed instructions 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. Post Publish Box – Edit your post publish settings here. For example, you can make your post sticky, schedule the post for publishing at a later date, etc. To learn more about this feature, see this tutorial.
  11. Post Categories – Edit your post categories in this section by selecting or deselecting category check boxes. You can also create a new a post category by clicking on the ‘+ Add New Category’ link (see the example below). To learn more about categories, see this tutorial.
  12. Tags – Add or delete post tags here. Add post tags by entering tags separated by commas into the Tag field and clicking on the ‘Add’ button (see the example below). To learn more about using tags, see this tutorial.
  13. Featured Image – You can change the featured image of your post here. To learn more about using featured images in WordPress, see this tutorial.

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

(Edit Posts area – Categories section)

And here is a screenshot of the ‘Tags’ feature. Here you can add new post tags …

(Edit Posts screen – Tags section)

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

(Edit Posts area – Format box)

For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about using post formats in WordPress, go here: WordPress Post Formats – A Basic Guide

Click on Publish > Update to save your changes after you are done making changes your post …

( Update post)

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

(Edit Posts area – view post edits)

Note: You can also view changes to your post while working in the Edit Post screen by clicking on the ‘Preview Changes’ button 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 posts in WordPress, it’s time to learn how to delete them.

Deleting WordPress Posts – Tutorial

Different functions and features are used to delete posts in WordPress depending on whether you plan to remove an individual post, or make delete multiple posts.

Complete the tutorial in this section to learn how to delete single and multiple posts …

How To Delete WordPress Posts Individually

To delete individual posts, do the following:

Find the post you want to delete, then hover over the post title to display your post management options and click the ‘Trash’ link …

(WordPress Post management – Trash link)

Your post will be moved to the Trash (1). To return your posts to the Table of Posts, click the ‘Undo’ link (2) immediately after sending items to the trash …

(Posts screen – Trash options)

To erase a post permanently, click on the ‘Trash’ link on the post filter menu …

(Posts screen – Trash link)

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

(Post trash management)

If you clicked on ‘Delete Permanently,’ your post will be permanently deleted …

(Trash management options – Post permanently deleted)

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

(’Move to Trash’ – Post Publisher Section)

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

With WordPress, you can also edit and delete multiple 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 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 at once by clicking on the main checkbox at the top of the Title column heading …

(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’ drop-down menu and click ’Apply’ to begin processing your selection …

(Posts screen – Bulk Actions menu)

How To Edit Multiple Posts

To bulk edit posts:

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

(Bulk editing WordPress posts)

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

(Bulk edit feature)

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

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

(Bulk editor – Cancel edit or save changes)

How To Delete MultiplePosts In WordPress

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 delete multiple your posts)

If you’ve clicked on ‘Move to Trash’ in the Bulk Actions drop 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 screen – Trash options)

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

(Posts screen – Trash filter menu)

The contents of the Trash will display in your Table of Posts. Select the post(s) you want to permanently delete by ticking the check boxes next to their post title, then select either ‘Restore’ to restore your posts, or ‘Delete Permanently’ to permanently delete all the posts you’ve selected using the Bulk Actions drop-down menu …

(Trash management – Bulk Actions)

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

(Post trash management options – EmptyTrash button)

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)

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

(Trash management – Delete posts permanently)

Editing And Deleting Posts In WordPress – Tips

Tip #1: Access the Posts screen from your Dashboard by clicking 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 area by clicking on the ‘Screen Options’ tab near the top right-hand corner of your screen …

(WordPress 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 – Set the number of posts to display)

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

(Pagination screen)

Tip #3: The Screen Options panel also allows you to display or hide certain columns in your Table of Posts …

(Display/Hide columns in the Table of Posts)

For example, here is the Table of Posts with all columns deselected …

(All column boxes disabled)

You can also hide/display options in the Edit Post area when editing a single post …

(Edit Post screen – Screen Options)

Tip #4: If you change a post title, 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 the post slug, make sure to 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 set your new post URL …

(Permalink: > OK button)

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

(Permalink: > OK button)

Remember to update the post to save your settings …

(Edit Posts section – Permalink)

Whenever changes are made to the post category and/or the post slug, WordPress automatically updates all instances of the changed post URL throughout your site. For more information about using Permalinks, see this tutorial: Using Permalinks To Improve Your WordPress SEO

Tip #5: To list posts containing only a certain category, select the category from the ‘Categories’ column, or choose a category from the ‘All Categories’ drop menu …

(Displaying posts by category)

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

(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 state, do the following:

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

(Selecting ‘All categories’ returns your Table of Posts to the default post list)

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

(Post area – Select posts by tag)

Only posts filed with that tag will show in the Posts table …

(Display posts by tag)

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

(Posts normally display in reverse chronological order)

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

(You can view posts alphabetically)

You can also do the same to reorder 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 wherever sending out short and concise posts are necessary.

As stated in the official 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 …

(Edit Post screen – 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 edit and delete posts in WordPress.

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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