Ever wondered how to exclude public viewing of specific posts or pages in areas of your site 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 that WordPress assigns automatically to every post or page you create on your site.
Knowing how to locate a post or page ID can be quite useful if, for example, you want to prevent pages from showing in your WordPress sitemap, or if you want only certain pages to display in your WordPress sidebar.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to find the page or post ID in your WP blog.
- How To Locate Page And Post IDs In WordPress: Step-By-Step Tutorial
- WordPress Page/Post ID – Examples Of Applications
- Plugins – Page IDs
How To Locate Page And Post IDs In WordPress: Step-By-Step Tutorial
To locate the unique ID of a page or post, log into your WordPress administration area and either go to the Pages section (if you need page IDs) or the Posts area (if you need IDs of posts) …
(WP Dashboard – All Pages)
Find the page or post that you would like to know the ID of and hover your mouse over the title …
(Hovering over the post title displays Post ID)
The “ID” value is displayed in the status bar of your web browser. In the screenshot below, the page ID is 5575 …
Write down the ID of the post or page.
WordPress Page/Post ID – Examples Of Applications
Here are some examples of using WordPress post or page IDs:
Exclude Pages And Posts From Showing In A Site Map
Suppose you want to prevent a page whose unique ID is “26” from displaying to visitors on a site map.
Site map plugins typically include fields that let you specify the IDs of excluded items (e.g. categories, pages, etc.) …
(Excluding pages and posts from displaying in your site map)
Prevent Posts And Pages From Showing In The WordPress Sidebar
Another great use for page IDs is to prevent them from showing in the sidebar.
To do this, simply enter all of the WordPress 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 posts or pages from displaying in the sidebar)
Excluding Pages And Posts From Appearing In An XML Sitemap
You can also use post and page IDs to exclude pages or posts from your site’s XML sitemap …
(Prevent pages or posts from displaying in the XML sitemap|sidebar)
Plugins – Page IDs
If you need to regularly access your page or post IDs, then here are a few FREE plugins that you may find useful:
(Reveal IDs – WordPress Plugin)
This free plugin displays IDs for posts, pages, categories, links, media, users, link categories, comments, custom taxonomies, custom post types and tags. It also adds a sortable column header to your Posts and Pages tables …
To access the plugin settings go to Settings > Reveal IDs …
(Settings – Reveal IDs)
Download this plugin here: Reveal IDs
(99 Robots Show IDs Plugin For WordPress)
99 Robots Show IDs is another plugin that displays your pages, posts, links, media, categories, users and tags in the Posts and Pages admin tables. It’s also a very lightweight plugin that supports custom post types and taxonomies.
Learn more about the plugin here: 99 Robots Show IDs – WordPress Plugin
ID Arrays not only adds a column of IDs to your Table of Posts/Pages, 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 where many IDs are required and the process of finding each ID would be time-consuming.
Download the plugin here: ID Arrays – WordPress Plugin
Congratulations! Now you know how to easily locate a post or page ID in WordPress.
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