Ever wondered how to prevent general access to certain pages or posts in areas of your website like your sitemap?
Often, the easiest way to do this is to filter your pages or posts by ID.
Your WordPress Page ID is a unique identifier assigned by WordPress to every post or page that you create on your site.
Knowing the page or post ID can be quite useful if for example, you want to exclude pages from displaying in your WordPress sitemap, or if you want only selected pages to show in your WordPress sidebar.
In this tutorial, you are going to learn how to easily find the page or post ID in your WordPress site.
- How To Find The ID Of Any WordPress Page Or Post: Tutorial
- WordPress Post/Page IDs – When To Use
- Plugins – Page/Post IDs
How To Find The ID Of Any WordPress Page Or Post: Tutorial
To find your page or post ID, log into your site’s dashboard and, depending on which ID you are trying to locate, either go to the Pages area (if you want IDs of pages) or the Posts section (for post IDs) …
(WP Dashboard – Pages Menu)
Select the page or post that you want to know the ID of and hover your mouse over the title …
(Hovering over the page title reveals Page or Post ID)
The unique “ID” value is displayed in the status bar of your browser window. In the screenshot below, the ID is 5575 …
(Page ID displayed in your web browser)
Record the ID of the page or post.
WordPress Post/Page IDs – When To Use
Here are a few practical ways to use page or post IDs:
Preventing Posts And Pages From Displaying In Your Site Map
Suppose you need to exclude a page whose ID is “26” from displaying to visitors on a site map.
Site map plugins typically contain fields that let you specify the IDs of items you want to exclude (e.g. categories, pages, etc.) …
(Prevent posts and pages from showing in your site map)
Preventing Posts And Pages From Appearing In Your Sidebar
Another useful application for page IDs is to prevent them from displaying in the Pages Widget.
To do this, simply enter all of the Page IDs for the pages you want to exclude separated by commas into the Exclude field of the WordPress Pages widget, then click the Save button …
(Exclude pages or posts from appearing in the WordPress sidebar)
Prevent Pages Or Posts From Displaying In A Sitemap
You can also use post and page IDs to exclude posts or pages from your XML sitemap …
(Prevent posts or pages from showing in the XML sitemap|sidebar)
Plugins – Page/Post IDs
If you want to regularly access the IDs of your pages or posts, then here are a few FREE WordPress plugins that you may find useful:
(Reveal IDs Plugin)
This free plugin reveals the IDs for pages, posts, categories, links, users, media, link categories, comments, custom taxonomies, custom post types and tags. It also adds a sortable column header to your Pages and Posts tables …
To access the plugin settings go to Settings > Reveal IDs …
(Settings Menu – Reveal IDs)
To learn more about this plugin, go here: Reveal IDs – WP Plugin
(99 Robots Show IDs Plugin For WordPress)
99 Robots Show IDs is a free WordPress plugin that lets users see their posts, pages, links, media, users, tags and categories in the Pages and Posts admin tables. It’s also a very lightweight plugin that supports custom post types and taxonomies.
Download the plugin here: 99 Robots Show IDs – WP Plugin
This plugin not only adds a column of IDs to your Table of Pages/Posts, it also provides a function that lets you copy a list of selected Page/Post IDs to your clipboard.
(ID Arrays lets you select and copy a list of Post/Page IDs to your clipboard)
This can be very useful if, for example, you are working with a long list of posts with many IDs required and finding each ID would be time-consuming.
Learn more about the plugin here: ID Arrays – WordPress Plugin
Congratulations, now you know how to locate WordPress page and post IDs.
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