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How To Use The WordPress Quick Edit Feature

In addition to content, Posts and Pages in WordPress contain information and settings about the posts or pages themselves.

For example:

The WordPress Quick Edit feature is an inline editor that allows you to change a number of WordPress Post and Page settings without having to edit the page or post itself.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the inline editor (Quick Edit) in WordPress to quickly edit your Pages and Posts.

For more information on how to edit and delete WordPress posts and pages, see the tutorials below:

How To Use The Quick Edit Function Of WordPress

Follow the step-by-step tutorials below to learn how to use the quick edit function of WordPress to edit your posts and pages.

Editing Post Details With The Inline Editor

Log into the admin area and click on Posts > All Posts

(WordPress Posts Menu – All Posts)

The Posts screen will appear, displaying all your WordPress posts …

(Table Of Posts)

Find the item you want to edit, then hover over the title of the post to view the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor expands and displays all your post editing options …

(Inline editor – Editing options)

The  Quick Edit screen lets you modify the following settings:

(WordPress Post Options)

And …

(Quick Edit Screen – WordPress Post Settings)

Post Settings

[1] Title – Replace the title of your post.

[2] Slug – Use this field to change your post slugs. When editing post URLs, include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. “this-is-a-post-url”). For a detailed step-by-step tutorial about the benefits of using post slugs to improve your SEO, go here: How To Improve Your WordPress SEO Using SEO-Friendly URLs

[3] Date – Edit the date and time of your post here. Note: Use this option to schedule your post to publish at a future date. For more information about this setting, see this tutorial: How To Schedule WP Blog Posts

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple authors, use this feature to assign the post another author. Note: If your site only contains one author, this function will not appear. For more information about changing post authors, go here: How To Change A Post Author In WordPress

[5] Password -OR- Private – This section lets you password-protect posts or make them private (hidden from visitors). For a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to protect content in WordPress, go here: How To Protect Content In WP Pages And Posts

[6] Cancel – Clicking this button cancels your edit.

[7] Categories – This section allows you to edit the category of your post. Note: You can add and change categories, but you cannot delete a post category using the inline editor. To learn how to add, edit, and delete categories, see this tutorial: How To Set Up Post Categories In WordPress

[8] Tags – This field allows you to edit the tags of your post. Note: You can edit or add tags, but you cannot delete post tags using Quick Edit. For a step-by-step tutorial on adding, editing, and deleting WordPress tags, go here: Adding, Editing, And Deleting Tags In WordPress Posts

[9] Allow Comments / Allow Pings – Tick/untick the checkboxes in this area to allow/disallow pings and comments for your posts. For more information the use of comments on WordPress posts, go here: WordPress Discussion Settings

[10] Status – Use the drop-down menu to change the Status of your Post.

(Quick Edit – Status drop-down menu)

[11] Make this post sticky – Check/uncheck the boxes in this section to make your post ‘sticky’. For more information about making WordPress posts sticky, go here:

[12] Update – Clicking ‘Update’ saves your changes and updates your post settings.

(Click the ‘Cancel’ button to cancel and exit the Quick Edit screen or click ‘Update’ after making changes to save your post settings)

Bulk Edit Post Settings In WordPress Using Quick Edit

In addition to making changes to individual posts, you can also bulk edit posts using the Quick Edit feature.

To make bulk changes to posts using the Quick Editor, select the check boxes next to the posts you want to edit, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button …

(Table of Posts – Bulk editing WordPress posts)

The Bulk editor expands and displays a number of bulk options …

(Bulk Edit screen)

Most of the bulk edit settings are the same as those shown in the Quick Edit screen with some minor differences.

For example, depending on the WordPress theme you are using, you may or may not see an option called Format. Use the drop-down menu to change the format of your post.

(Format Options)

For more information on WordPress post formats, go here:

You can also remove specific posts from the bulk editor function by clicking on the remove icon next to the post title …

(Remove entries from Bulk Edit)

Now that we’ve looked at using the inline editor with WP posts, let’s take a look at using the Quick Edit feature with pages.

How To Use The Quick Edit Function To Edit WordPress Pages

Since Posts are different than Pages (to understand the difference, go here), the inline editor presents slightly different options when working with Pages.

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to your navigation menu and choose click on Pages > All Pages

(Pages – All Pages)

browser, listing all the pages you have created …

(WP Pages Table)

Find the entry you would like to edit, then hover your mouse over the title to display the options menu and click on Quick Edit

(Click on the ‘Quick Edit’ link)

The inline editor displays a number of options for editing your page …

(Inline editor section)

The  inline editor screen lets you modify the following information about your page:

(WordPress Page Options – Quick Edit)

Plus …

(Page Settings)

[1] Title – Replace the page title.

[2] Slug – Use this field to replace your page slug. Important: When editing page slugs, make sure to include only lowercase letters, use “a-z” and “0-9” only, and separate words with a hyphen (e.g. like-this-example-url).

[3] Date – This field lets you change the page date and time. Note: You can schedule your page to be published at a future date using this setting.

[4] Author – If your site includes multiple page authors, use this feature to assign a new author to your select page. Note: If your website or blog only contains one author, this option will not display.

[5] Password -OR- Private – Use this feature to password-protect pages or make them private (hidden from visitors).

[6] Cancel – Click this button to cancel your edit and leave your changes unsaved.

[7] Parent – Use the drop-down menu to set your page as a ‘main’ page (top level page) or a ‘child’ page (i.e. a subpage – see diagram below)  …

(In WordPress, top-level pages and subpages are referred to as ‘parent’ pages and ‘child’ pages)

[8] Order – Use this option to specify the order of your page in a page list, menu, etc. Enter a numerical value into this field. For example, assigning a page a value of “1” will display it above pages with a higher number (e.g. ”4”, “8”, etc.).

[9] Template – If your theme provides multiple templates for your pages, you can change the template by selecting a new one using the drop-down Template menu.

(Inline editor – Template drop-down menu)

[10] Allow Comments – Check / uncheck the box in this section to allow/disallow comments on your Page. (See How To Configure Your WordPress Site Settings: Discussion Settings tutorial for more details)

[11] Status – Use the dropdown menu to change the Status of your Page to Published, Draft, etc.

(Page status pulldown menu)

[12] Update – Clicking this button saves the edit.

(Remember to click the ‘Update’ button after making changes to save your new page settings)

Bulk Editing WordPress Pages Using The Inline Editor

In addition to editing individual pages, you can also bulk edit settings in your pages using Quick Edit.

To make bulk changes to pages using the inline editor, go to your list of pages and select the pages to be edited, then choose ‘Edit’ from the ‘Bulk Actions’ drop-down menu and click click the ‘Apply’ button

(Table of Pages – Bulk edit WordPress pages)

The Bulk editor expands and presents a number of bulk options for editing your pages …

(Bulk editor screen)

Most of the bulk edit options are the same as those listed in the Quick Edit screen with some minor differences.

For example, the Comments function changes from a checkbox to a pull-down menu …

(Comments pull-down menu)

Change your page settings in the Bulk editor screen by selecting options from the pull-down menus …

(Bulk Edit options)

You can also remove a specific page from Bulk Edit by clicking on the delete icon next to the page title …

(Remove entries from the bulk editor)

Adding Custom Options To The Inline Editor

As well as using the inline editor’s core options, you can add custom functions to the Quick editor and Bulk editor using plugins. Let’s go through an example of a plugin you can use to customize Quick Edit and Bulk Edit:

Custom Bulk/Quick Edit

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – WordPress Plugin)

Install the Custom Bulk/Quick Edit plugin inside your plugin dashboard (search for keywords like “Quick Edit, Inline editor, etc.”) …

(Install the ‘Custom Bulk/Quick Edit’ plugin)

After installing and activating Custom Bulk/Quick Edit, configure the plugin settings …

(Custom Bulk/Quick Edit – Settings)

Configure settings to add custom Bulk/Quick Edit options to posts and pages …

(Configure your plugin settings)

New custom fields will now appear in the Bulk/Quick editor screen …

(Bulk Edit – Custom Edit Fields)

For more details, go here}:

Congratulations! Now you know how to use the WordPress Quick Edit to edit your posts and pages.

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