How to edit a published post on WordPress

It’s straightforward to make quick edits to WordPress published posts – especially with the WordPress block editor. Hop in at any time and edit a word or change an image.

If you add or edit images, make sure you read my post on editing images for the web. 

Let’s log into WordPress and open up the post that we want to edit. 

Once logged in, choose POSTS from the left-hand menu. You’ll arrive at the ALL POSTS screen.

Choose POSTS from the left-hand menu within WordPress

How to find a specific blog post on WordPress

To find a specific post, use the search field at the top of the blog post page. 

If you have a few blog posts, it’s easiest to search by the title. However, you can search for words within the pages too. I find this most helpful if I know I’ve written about something, but I can’t remember where it is.

Type the word and hit the SEARCH POSTS button. 

How to find a specific blog post on WordPress

Another great way to find specific blog posts is to use the columns. 

You can hit the column header DATE to order the posts by date.

Or, use the drop-down menus above the post list to find posts you published in certain months or categories. 

If you are using Yoast, like me, you can also list posts by SEO/readability scores to improve them. 

Find specific blog posts in WordPress using columns

Edit a published post

  • On the posts page, you’ll see a list of the posts. 
  • Hover over the name of the post, and a menu will appear – EDIT | QUICK EDIT | BIN | VIEW. 
  • Hit EDIT – which will take you straight into the post page, where you can make quick changes.
Click EDIT to edit a published WordPress post

Once on the post page, be aware that WordPress uses the block editor now, so each heading, paragraph and image will be within a block. 

WordPress will also automatically go to FULL SCREEN here, which means you lose the menu on the left. Just hit the WordPress W logo top left to get back.

To find out more about the block editor, click here

Edit a word within a WordPress post

To edit a word or complete sentence in a paragraph or heading, just select the word you’d like to change. 

Double click a word to select the whole thing. Click down and drag to select entire sentences.

Change the word simply by typing or deleting the unwanted text. 

Now hit the blue UPDATE button to save the blog post. It’s top right of the screen.

Save and update the WordPress published post

Avoid editing the title

A quick note to ask you to be careful if you’d like to edit the post’s title. A blog post title becomes the “Heading 1” tag, and it’s essential for search engine optimisation. 

You’ll need to think more about your SEO if you want to edit this.

Find out more about writing headings for blog posts here.

Edit an image within a WordPress post

There are two standard ways to include an image with a WordPress blog post. They can sit within the text content or used as a featured image. 

Featured images are often used on blog posts (rather than pages) because they look great on the post archive page. That’s the page that lists all the blog posts – commonly accessed using a BLOG button. 

Both are easy to change but make sure you have resized and compressed the images for the web.

Why resize images for the web?

Edit a featured image on a blog post

When on the blog post edit screen, WordPress defaults to a full-size screen to help you write without distraction. 

That makes the FEATURED IMAGE hard to find.

You’ll need to access the post settings by hitting the cog, top right. 

Once the menu appears, hit the POST tab at the top to view the post settings (rather than the block settings).  

Now, scroll down these settings to find the FEATURED IMAGE option. 

Sometimes it is hidden (or collapsed). Click the little arrow to the right of the text to reveal the featured image button. 

Whether the feature image is in use or not, just hit the featured image area to select or upload a new one.

A featured image looks much nicer in landscape format.

Edit an image with the text of a blog post

Just like paragraphs, each image will be within a block. 

All you need to do is click the image with your mouse to reveal a toolbar. 

Look for the REPLACE button to select or upload a new image.

Change the date of a published blog post

The published date of a blog post is put to use on sitemaps and search results – so try to keep this up to date. Up to date posts are a positive signal to search engines. 

If you change a post significantly, update the published date too. 

However, don’t change the date if you’ve just edited a few words. Search engines can compare the current version with the original. Changing dates could be seen as a blackhat SEO tactic.

Okay – so you’ve significantly changed the post, let’s change the date to reflect your updates. 

You’ll need to access the post settings by hitting the cog, top right. 

Once the menu appears, hit the POST tab at the top to view the post settings (rather than the block settings).  

At the top of the settings area, you’ll see STATUS AND VISIBILITY. Hit the small arrow to the right of the text to reveal the settings. 

When a post is published, there will be a date next to the word ‘Published’. 

All you need to do is tap that date. Now you can choose the current date from a calendar. 

Save and update the post. 

Be sure to edit any sitemap that you use for SEO purposes.

Have fun editing your published posts on WordPress.!

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