Edit a Page / Post

Where do I edit?

There are several ways of getting to the editing interface, but all of them require that you log into the site first, and be the owner of the page/post, or be an editor or administrator of the site.

  • From the dashboard

    dashboard-all-pages-postsFrom the dashboard menu, go to Pages -> All Pages, or Posts -> All Posts. This will give you a list of all your site's pages/posts. Click on the title of the page/post to edit it.

    From the front end

    When you are logged in, and viewing a page/post on your site, you can find edit links in 2 places:

    1. in your toolbar
    2. an edit button at the bottom of the content section


  • All the components for both the page and post editing interfaces are shown below. Refer to the numbers/letters following the image for more information on each feature. Most features appear for both pages and posts, exceptions are noted below. If you can't find the feature on your screen, you may need to adjust your screen options.


    Main column

    1. Title

    Changing the title of a page will update links to it in sidebar navigation widgets, but will not change the URL/slug of the page/post.

    2. Permalink / slug

    The slug is the last portion of the URL for this page/post. By default, it is the title, lower-cased, with spaces replaced by dashes. If you change the slug, any other pages/posts that link to this one in their content will need to be updated, but navigation widgets will update themselves.

    3. Visual editor

    Add or modify content for your page/post with the visual editor

    4. Revisions

    Allows you to view & revert to previous versions of your page/post. Retrieving Lost Work

    5. Excerpt Posts only

    When displaying multiple posts (e.g. a blog, or a category of posts), WordPress shows an excerpt of the post instead of its full content. By default, the excerpt is the first 55 words of the post, with all HTML (links, formatting, etc.) stripped out. If you want more control over what's displayed, fill out the excerpt field, and it will be used instead of the first 55 words. You can use HTML in your excerpts, and provide a more accurate synopsis or teaser for your post.

    6. Send Trackbacks Posts only

    Rarely used. Trackbacks are like acknowledgements and references at the end of an academic paper. Use trackbacks if you are referencing somebody else's article on another website (one that doesn't use WordPress).

    7. Discussion

    Checkboxes to allow comments & pingbacks for this page/post. Comments & spam


    Shows viewers comments submitted for this page/post. Comments & spam

    9. Slug

    The same as permalink (see item #2).

    10. Author

    Assign ownership of the page. Only editors and higher can edit other people's pages.

    11. Page Options

    Additional formatting options for your page/post. Page options

    12. Page Redirect

    Instead of showing this page/post, go to a different URL. Page redirects

    Right column

    A. Publish
    • Preview: click on the "Preview Changes" button to see how your page/post looks in its current state, without saving the changes.
    • Status: a new page/post will start out as a draft, which is only visible to people logged into your site. As soon as you click the blue "Publish" button, the status changes to "Published", and can be viewed by the general public.
    • Visibility: controls who can see your page/post. Page privacy | Sticky posts
    • Revisions: view previous versions of your page/post. Retrieving Lost Work
    • Publish date: posts with a publish date in the future will not show up on your site until the publish day/time arrives. The publish date also affects how posts are ordered when viewing a category - by default, posts are listed in reverse chronological order.
    • Delete: click on the "Move to Trash" link to delete the current page/post. Items can be retrieved from the trash before they are lost forever.
    • Save: The blue button in the lower right will save your work. On a brand new page/post, it will be labelled "Publish," otherwise, it will be labelled "Update."
    B. Page attributes Pages only

    Pages can have parent-child relationships, which affects:

    • How pages are displayed on the dashboard, under Pages -> All Pages. Parent and child pages will be shown grouped together, with a dash prefixing a child page's title (or 2 dashes for a grandchild page).
    • The URL of the page: the parent page's slug will precede the child page's slug (e.g. http://wordpress.williams.edu/parent-page/child-page/)
    • How pages are grouped/displayed in some navigation tools: pages widgets | in-page menus

    Page Order

    C. Categories Posts only

    Categories can be used to organize posts by topic or purpose. You can assign a post to pre-existing categories by checking off one or more boxes, or add a new category by clicking on the "+ Add New Category" link. If you create a new category, your post will automatically be put in it. By default, all posts start as “Uncategorized”. To remove a post from a category, uncheck the box next to the category name. Categories

    D. TagsPosts only
    E. Featured image