WordPress quick edits menu
After creating either a published or a draft post in your WordPress blog, you might decide to change an aspect of it. Whether you intend to change the post author, date, category, or other part of that particular post, you can use WordPress quick edits to do so. Which is, as you might have guessed, quicker than opening up the post to make small changes. Use this for quickly modifying certain attributes of any one blog post, without having to go into the full-on edit screen.
Where to find the WordPress quick edits
To find and use the quick edits menu, simply go to “all posts” under your posts tab (or, to use on pages, “all pages” under your pages tab). Hovering over the post you want to change will bring up, among your other options, the quick edit link. Clicking on that text opens up the quick edit menu for that post.
You can see below what the Quick Edit menu looks like, when editing a post.
Change blog posts with quick edits
Quick edits aren’t for changing any of the post’s text, but can be used for other post attributes; such as:
- Altering the date and time of the publication (if you don’t use the Editorial Calendar plugin)
- The actual title or “slug”/permalink address of that post (Have you changed your site’s permalink addresses? It’s super important for both gaining readers and SEO.)
- Whether or not to allow comments or pings on this post (What are pings? That’s another post for another day!)
- Changing the status, if you decide not to have this post published, but put in draft mode for the time being
- Adding or removing its categories and/or tags (which is what I personally use the quick edits menu for; it helps you review your SEO game plan for individual posts)
- Making a post “sticky” (yet another future post’s topic!)
- Modifying, if you use it, either your password or if it’s private
Changing blog pages with quick edits
Pages have a fewer, but different, options in their quick edit menu.
- Titles, slugs, dates & times
- “Parent” (whether or not it’s categorized under another page, or the main page)
- Published or draft status
- If you use, either your password or if it’s private
When to use WordPress Quick Edits menu
I don’t typically use this feature for changing a post’s publication date or time, as I use the Editorial Calendar routinely for that (as well as to have an easy grasp of past and scheduled blog posts).
But, I would suggest using this feature for quickly modifying certain attributes of any one blog post, so that you don’t have to go into the full-on edit screen. I use it for quickly checking up on my categories and tags for each post.
Would you, or do you, use the Quick Edits menu to change your WordPress blog posts?
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