WordPress 103: Editing Existing Pages

You can do one of two things when it comes to editing pages – Edit or Quick Edit. You can select either the “Pages” heading in the left-hand sidebar, or select the “Edit Pages” subheading beneath it. Both will take you to the same page, where you will see a list of all of pages on your site. Hovering over the name of one of the pages will bring up the Quick Edit options:

When you hover over the titles of each page, you are given four options:

  • Edit – This opens a page with the same options in Add New Page
  • Quick Edit – Changes the name of the page. Remember that the page title is the same as the main navigation links, so if you change the page title, you are also changing the link’s name.
  • Trash – Deletes a page, permanently.
    Do not do this unless you are certain you no longer want that page on your site!
  • View – Shows the live page of your website, with any revisions you may have saved.

Edit will bring you to the same Visual/HTML editor that you used to create your test page. Quick Edit allows you to change various attributes of that page without needing to open it in the editor. This is helpful for renaming pages or changing their status to draft/published/etc for pages that you don’t want to open. For example, if your contact page is called Our Contacts and you want it to read Contact Us, the Quick Edit option allows you to adjust the name of your page without opening it and breaking any code used to create the forms on this page.

If you press the Quick Edit button, you will be given the following editable options:

There are several pages you should try to avoid opening if at all possible. These pages have a lot of coding on the back end, and if you open them with the visual editor open, you run the risk of the CMS module deleting that code.

The pages you should not open, if they exist, are as follows: Contact Us (if it contains a contact form), or any Gallery pages. In the FTP of your site, do not open or edit: contact_us.html, .htaaccess, blocktip.txt, formmail.pl, gdform.php, styles.css, or php.ini.

You can only edit the HTML code from here – not the Flash, PHP, or submission forms – so you are limited to editing the main content of the pages and the navigational links. You cannot edit the layout, forms, or style sheets. Be sure to backup your website before editing any files!

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