How to Use Classic WordPress – Posts

This series covers the basics of how to use Ye Olde WordPress before all the newfangled updates were introduced, such as the Block Editor. In this post we’ll explore the Posts page. You can find this page from the menu on the left side of the screen – either Posts or All Posts. You can also use this url – just change it to include the name of your blog in the appropriate place:

https://YOURBLOG.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php

This is the Posts page from my main website showing a scheduled post at the top of the list:

Top left is the Add New button where you can select which editor you’d like to use – either the newfangled Block Editor or the old reliable Classic Editor. Below that are various options for sorting your posts by date, category, and format. You can also search for posts in the box at the top right of the screen.

The Bulk actions button allows you to edit or delete multiple posts at once. You can select all the posts on the screen by clicking the little square next to ‘Title’, or scroll down and select individual posts, as necessary.

The Posts themselves are arranged in a list, shown in the compact view in the image above. You can also select an extended view in the Screen Options at the top right of the screen. The list view displays the title, author, categories, tags, and date and time published. It also provides links to the stats, and shows the number of comments and likes.

You can access editing options for each post by hovering over the post title in the list which will reveal links to Edit, Classic Editor, Quick Edit, Copy, Trash, and Preview. The Edit link will take you to the new Block Editor, so choose Classic Editor for hassle-free editing.

Quick Edit opens various options within the Posts page allowing you to change the name of the post, its category and tags, published status and visibility, and scheduling details.

All of the above mostly applies to the Pages page too, excluding categories and tags. You can find the Classic version of Pages at this url – again, just change the name to your blog:

https://YOURBLOG.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=page

Now let’s compare this to the new version of the Posts page. This is the same list as shown above:

You can see straight away that there’s a lot less information on this page. The scheduled post isn’t shown – to see it you have to click on the tab at the top. It’s helpful to have the thumbnail of the featured image for each post, but there’s no detail on the categories or tags. You can see information about stats, comments, and likes, but little else.

If you click the three dots on the right side of a post, it reveals a menu which gives you various options, including Edit, View, Stats, Comments, Share, Copy, and Trash. But there’s no Quick Edit option.

You can search for posts using the box at the top right of the screen, but you can’t filter the posts like you can on the original page. My main website has 43 pages of posts so not being able to narrow things down by category is very limiting. You can search by title or keywords, but it’s very basic in comparison to Ye Olde version. Find your Posts page using this url – add your blog name at the end:

https://wordpress.com/posts/YOURBLOG

Next we’ll explore the Categories page and what you can do with it…

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