With over 60% market share, WordPress is the leading platform for web development across the world. More than 500+ websites get created every day on WordPress, with innumerable posts and pages containing information about every conceivable topic. When so much information is generated, it is natural that there will be requirements to update the content. In this article, we will talk about how to update WordPress Posts and Pages en masse.

How WordPress Posts and Pages Differ Technically?

Before talking about the editing, let’s understand the critical differences between a WordPress page and a post. Pages are used for timeless, static information about you or various aspects of your company. Since this is timeless content, there is no default order to it. The position of pages depends on how you arrange it in your WordPress navigation menus.

On the other hand, WordPress orders the posts according to the time they were created. So on your posts page, the articles the newest articles will appear on top. Then the rest of the articles will appear in descending order based on their publishing dates.

You can assign categories and tags to posts. You can use types to arrange and group posts logically, like pages if you want. Grouping the posts according to titles and authors is also possible.

You can logically group the pages using hierarchies. You can achieve this by assigning a parent page to a child page.

Why do you need to make updates in bulk?

There are many reasons why you will need to update your pages and posts. However, usually, it would be a single page or post. Certain information may become stale, or you want to present information differently. You also might want to update images or names.

In general, pages change more often than posts. Consider the scenario; you just completed a project and want the details to be available on your website for the visitors to see. So you want to update your portfolio. Such edits can happen relatively regularly.

But for the posts, this would not happen too frequently. The older posts might no longer be relevant, and your readers are not interested in reading those. So usually, seats are not updated much.

Pro Tip: Experts suggest that Google values fresh content more. So if you update your old posts, they still might help you rank higher and bring more traffic.

On the other hand, the need to update pages and posts in bulk can arise occasionally. For example, your web development agency suggests that you revamp your taxonomy. This change results in the need to recategorize the blog posts. Or if you were not allowing comments but now want to enable comments on every post. When such a situation arises, you will find that the bulk edit can make your life easy.

So let’s see how to go ahead and edit the pages and posts in bulk.

Updating the posts in bulk

Step 1: Log in to your WordPress dashboard. From the menu on the left side, click on “Posts” and “All Posts.”

Step 2: You will now see a list of all your posts. Click on the checkbox just before the “Title” heading. This will select all posts. You can uncheck the posts you don’t want to edit.

Step 3: Select “Edit” from the “Bulk Actions” dropdown above the list. Click on the “Apply” button.

Step 4: Now, you will have the fields that you can edit for all selected posts. You will also see the posts you have chosen and remove any of them before you make changes.

Step 5: Edit the information you want to change. The options are shown below. Once you are done making changes, click on the “Update” button. Now, you have bulk edited your posts.

Updating the pages in bulk

The process of updating the pages in bulk is not much different than that of the posts.

Step 1: Log in to your WordPress dashboard. From the menu on the left side, click on “Pages” and then “All Pages.”

Step 2: You will now see a list of all your pages. Click on the checkbox just before the “Title” heading. This will select all the pages. You can uncheck the pages you don’t want to include.

Step 3: Select “Edit” from the “Bulk Actions” dropdown above the list. Click on the “Apply” button.

Step 4: Now, you will have the fields that you can edit for all selected pages. You will also see the pages you have chosen and remove any of them before making changes.

Step 5: Edit the information you want to change. The options are shown below. Once you are done making changes, click on the “Update” button. Now, you have bulk edited your pages.

Bonus Tip

What if you want to replace specific text in all your posts and pages at one go? Not to worry. The WordPress eco-system has so many plugins that you will definitely find a few good ones for anything you want to do. We especially like “Better Search Replace.” It allows you to specify a text, and then you can choose to replace it with a new text. This plugin works directly with the WordPress database, so you should use this only if you know what you are doing.

Pro Tip: Before making any of the changes described in this article, ensure that you have backed up your WordPress site.

In this article, we covered how you can bulk edit WordPress pages and posts using the in-built tools. In the future, we will bring more tools and techniques for you to get more value from your WordPress installation. Keep reading!

 

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