Ever wondered how to exclude general access to specific posts or pages in areas of your website like your sitemap?
One of the easiest ways to do this is to filter your pages or posts by their unique ID.
Your WordPress Page ID is a unique identifier assigned by WordPress automatically to every post or page created on your site.
Knowing how to find the page or post ID can be useful if, for example, you want to prevent pages from displaying in your WordPress sitemap, or if you want only selected pages to show in the sidebar.
In this step-by-step tutorial, you are going to learn how to find WordPress post and page IDs.
- 1 How To Locate Page And Post IDs In A WordPress Blog: Step-By-Step Tutorial
- 2 Practical Uses For Post ID/Page ID
- 3 WP Plugins – Page IDs
How To Locate Page And Post IDs In A WordPress Blog: Step-By-Step Tutorial
To locate the ID of a page or post, log into your site’s dashboard and either go to the Pages area (if you need to find IDs of pages) or the Posts screen (to find IDs of posts) …
(WP Dashboard – Pages Menu)
Find the page or post that you want to know the ID of and hover your mouse over its title …
(Hover over the post title to display Post ID)
The “post ID” value is displayed in the status bar of your web browser. In the screenshot below, the page or post ID is 5575 …
(Page ID displayed in your browser)
Record the ID of the post or page.
Practical Uses For Post ID/Page ID
Here are some practical ways to use WordPress post and page IDs:
Exclude Posts Or Pages From Appearing In Your Site Map
Let’s say we need to prevent a page whose unique 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.) …
(Excluding posts or pages from displaying in your site map)
Excluding Posts And Pages From Displaying In Your Sidebar
Another practical use for page IDs is to exclude them from displaying in the sidebar section of your site.
To do this, simply enter all of the Page IDs for the pages you want to exclude separated by a comma into the Exclude field of the WordPress Pages widget, and click the Save button …
(Prevent pages or posts from displaying in your WordPress sidebar)
Exclude Posts Or Pages From Showing In An XML Sitemap
You can also use page and post IDs to exclude posts or pages from your site’s XML sitemap …
(Preventing pages and posts from appearing in an XML sitemap|sidebar)
WP Plugins – Page IDs
If you would like to see all of your page or post IDs ”at-a-glance”, then here are some plugins you may find useful:
(Reveal IDs Plugin For WordPress)
This free plugin displays IDs for posts, pages, links, categories, media, users, link categories, comments, custom post types, custom taxonomies and tags. It also adds a sortable column header to your Posts and Pages tables …
(Posts Table – ID Column)
You can access the plugin settings by going to Settings > Reveal IDs …
(Settings – Reveal IDs)
Learn more about this plugin here: Reveal IDs
(99 Robots Show IDs)
99 Robots Show IDs is another WordPress plugin that lets users view their pages, posts, media, links, tags, categories and users in the Posts and Pages admin tables. It’s also a very lightweight plugin that supports custom post types and taxonomies.
To download this plugin, go here: 99 Robots Show IDs
(ID Arrays Plugin)
This plugin not only adds a column of IDs to your Table of Pages/Posts, it also provides a very useful function that lets you copy a list of selected Page/Post IDs to your clipboard.
(ID Arrays allows you to select and copy a list of Page/Post IDs to your clipboard)
This can be very useful if, for example, you are working with a long list of pages where many IDs are required and finding IDs one by one would be time-consuming.
To learn more about this plugin, go here: ID Arrays – WordPress Plugin
Congratulations! Now you know how to easily locate the ID of any WordPress page or post.
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