Posts Screen

The Posts Screen provides the facility to manage all the posts in ClassicPress. Posts can be edited, deleted, and viewed. You can quickly find posts matching certain criteria using the filtering and searching tools.
A powerful bulk edit feature allows posts to be edited in bulk. Fields such as Author, Comments Allowed, Status, Pings Allowed, and Sticky can be be changed for a whole batch of posts.
Note that while Categories and Tags can be ADDED in bulk to a set of posts, it is not possible to CHANGE, or DELETE, a Category, or Tag, for those posts.
The Quick Edit feature provides an easy method to change some of the more common values, such as Title, Slug, Date, and Category, for a given post.

To find Posts that are not published (draft, trash, pending) handy links on top of the Table of Posts allow you to list those posts in the relevant states. A “mine” link will help you list all posts that are authored by you (the current logged in User).

Table of PostsLink to this section

A table lists all of your posts, in rows. Posts are listed with the newest post first.

Posts Screen - Table of Posts

Posts Screen – Table of Posts

The table of posts contains the following columns:

  • [ ] – This checkbox, when clicked ‘selects’ that particular Post to be processed by a Bulk Action.
  • Title – This is the post’s title displayed as a link. Clicking on the title link allows the post to be edited.
  • Author – Displayed in the form of a link, this is the author who wrote the post. Clicking the author link causes all the posts authored by that user to be displayed (thus allowing a Bulk Action to be applied to all posts for a given author).
  • Categories – Displays all the Categories, in the form of links, to which this post belongs. Each category link, when clicked will cause the list of posts assigned to that category to be displayed in the table (note the category filter box at the top of the table will depict the category being displayed).
  • Tags – Displays all the tags, in the form of links, associated with a post. Each tag link, when clicked will cause the list of posts assigned that tag to be displayed in the table.
  • Comment bubble – If a post has any comments, then the number of comments is displayed in a blue bubble. Clicking on a blue comment bubble causes the Comments Screen to be displayed to allow those comments to be moderated.
  • Date – The date column for each post shows the date ‘Published’ for published posts or the date ‘Last Modified’ for other posts. If the post is a “future Post,” then the scheduled date for publishing is displayed.

Sortable ColumnsLink to this section

Some column headings, such as the Title, Author, and Date, can be clicked to sort the posts in ascending or descending order. Hover over the column title, for example Title, to see the up-arrow or down-arrow. Click the heading to change the sort order.

If more then one page of posts is available, two double-arrow boxes to move to the first and last page are provided. Also two single-arrow boxes are displayed to move one page backward or forward. Finally, a box showing the current page number can be used to enter a page to directly display. The number of posts displayed per page is set under the Screen Options (see below).

Screen OptionsLink to this section

The Screen Options allow you to choose which columns are displayed, or not displayed, in the underlying table. Clicking on the Screen Options tab shows a list of the columns with a check-box next to each column. Check the box for each column you want displayed in the table, or uncheck the box to not display that column. In addition, the number of posts per page can be set.
You can also determine the amount of information listed with each post (View Mode). The default view is the List View and only the title is listed for each post. Select the Excerpt View to cause an excerpt for the post to be displayed just below the title.
Click the Apply button to save your settings and close the Screen Options.

Posts Screen - Screen Options

Posts Screen – Screen Options

Above the table, to the right, is a search box where you can enter a word, or series of words, and click the “Search Posts” button to search and display all the posts meeting your search words.

Filtering OptionsLink to this section

At the top of this screen are links such as All, Published, Schedules, Pending Review, Draft, Private, that when clicked, will cause just the posts of that type to be displayed in the underlying table.
Below that, and to the right of the Bulk Actions Apply button, are two other filter options:

Show all dates

This dropdown allows you to select, by date, which posts are displayed in the table. By default, “Show all dates” is selected and all of your posts are displayed.

View all categories

This dropdown allows you to select, by Category, which posts are displayed. By default, “Show all categories” is selected and all of your posts are displayed.


Clicking this button applies the settings you select in the dropdowns.

Using Selection, Actions, and ApplyLink to this section

SelectionLink to this section

This Screen allows Bulk Actions to be performed on one or more posts selected in the table. For Bulk Actions to be performed on multiple posts at once, those posts must be first selected using the checkbox to the left of the post.

ActionsLink to this section

Actions describe the process to be performed on particular posts. There are two styles of Actions that will be referred to as Bulk Actions and Immediate Actions.
Immediate Actions are perfomed on individual posts and let you see the full range of editing options.
Bulk Actions can be performed on one, or more posts, at one time, if those posts have been previously selected using the selection checkbox. Bulk Actions are available, when appropriate, as choices in the Bulk Actions pulldown box, above the table. The only Bulk Actions available by default are Edit and Move to Trash.

Posts Screen - Actions

Posts Screen – Actions


This action can be either an “Immediate Action” or a “Bulk Action”.
The Immediate Action, initiated by click on the post title or clicking on the Edit option just below the post title, causes the Edit Posts screen to display.
Edit is also available as a Bulk Action for the selected posts. When one or more posts have been selected, and the Bulk Action of Edit is applied, the Bulk Edit Posts ‘screen’ is displayed below the table of posts header. Bulk Edit allows the fields, Author, Comments Allowed, Status, Pings Allowed, and Sticky, to be changed for all the selected posts. It is important to note, Categories and Tags can be ADDED in bulk to a set of Posts, but it is not possible to CHANGE, or DELETE, a Category, or Tag, for those Posts.

Move to Trash

This action can as well be either an “Immediate Action” or a “Bulk Action”.
The Immediate Action, initiated by clicking the “Trash” link in the single posts row on the table of posts, will move the specific post to the Trash. When multiple posts are selected and the Bulk Action “Move to Trash” is applied, then all selected posts will be moved to the Trash.


Click Cancel to cancel and abort the bulk edit of these posts.

Quick Edit

Quick Edit is an Immediate Action performed on one post by clicking the Quick Edit link, under the post title. Quick Edit is just an in-line edit that allows you to change the following items–Title, Slug, Date, Author, Password or Private post box, Categories, Tags, Allow Comments, Allow Pings, Status, and Make this a post-sticky.
Cancel – Click Cancel to cancel and abort the edit of this post.


After one or more posts are selected, and after a Bulk Action is specified, the Apply button performs the given action on the selected posts. Click the Apply button to execute the Bulk Action, specified in the actions pulldown, on the selected posts. Remember, prior to executing Actions, one or more Posts must be selected, as described before.