One of the many benefits of WordPress is that you can immediately publish and edit content.

Web developers call the ability to edit and publish content immediately having a “dynamic” website; what’s even better than having a dynamic website for your business website is that with WordPress being as easy to use as Microsoft Word, you can manage, edit and publish to your business website or blog.

So if you’re a small business wanting to run your business website or blog, WordPress is the best software.

There are many things you can do to avoid long emails to your web developers listing site changes. But WordPress lets you “say goodbye” to miscommunications about your website.

You can set up a WordPress website yourself (or get someone to set up your WordPress business website for you in 14 days) and then self-manage your business website afterwards.

But sometimes you publish a post you want to delete…

You think, “I’ll just go to the post and use the ‘delete’ option”. Well, it’s really important that you understand, not all definitions are created equally across computer softwares.

If you delete a WordPress post and the post was already published: you simply are deleting the post from your WordPress dashboard. You aren’t deleting the post from your website.


If you are going to delete a post, you have to unpublish it first.

1) Go to Posts in your dashboard, select the post and click “edit”.

2) Then, in the box that offers you to “Save draft” or to “Publish” your post, you

Change your WordPress Post's status to "draft" to take the post offline.

need to change the “status” of the post, so click “edit status”.

3) Change your WordPress post status to “draft”, click OK and then “update”. Voila, the post will no longer appear on your WordPress business blog or site.

After you have done these three steps, you can delete the post permanently and it will not appear online nor in your WordPress dashboard.

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8 Responses to “How do I delete a WordPress Blog Post?”

  1. liz says:

    there is no option to edit my post, only view – any ideas what’s goin gon? I have a published post I want to delete and when I use the bulkd Move to Trash, nothing happens, it is still there and still posted.

    • Alysha says:

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks for your question yesterday. Here is what you need to do (in steps):

      1.) Click on your published post — you need to pull it up in “Edit” view (as if you were going to add something to it.)

      2.) You need to un-publish the post before you delete it. So, where you would normally click “publish” or “Schedule post”, you now need to select “move to drafts”.

      3.) Now that your post is no longer online, you can go to your “Drafts” folder and “move to trash” the post you wanted offline. (Or, you can keep the post as a Draft–it’s offline now and will only be visible to authors–and edit it later (if it’s a salvageable post!).

      Let me know how it goes.

  2. liz says:

    there is no option to edit my post, only view. I go to Tab on the left for “Edit” A list of my published posts is displayed. View option only. Perhaps I am rnning a different version than you are providing these instrrctions for?

  3. Alysha says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have been thinking about your question. I am running the latest version of WordPress, are you? (you will know if you follow the automatic update prompts regularly?)

    I think if you have already tried to delete the post, and it’s not coming up with a “status” or “visibility” options, it might get more complicated than I can advise you on here.

    So, here are some options for you:

    1) Check you are running the latest WordPress version. Back up your site on your site on your server and update if you aren’t.

    2) We could organise a chat on Skype so I can have a look at what is going on for you.

    3) You might want ot have a read of these other WordPress posts. I deleted a post once, and the only way I could regain access to it was to export my site…It’s kind of tricky and I hope I never have to go through it again, b.c I nearly lost my whole site. I posted my “warnings” and accidental Findings on these posts…make sure you read them before trying it yourself.


    Let me know how it goes, and if you want me to take a closer look.

  4. Nancy says:

    Right before I read this I permanently deleted a post in the trash. Is there another way that you know of to delete it? Not sure if I can delete it in cpanel. Thanks!


  5. Alysha says:

    Hi Nancy,

    I just want to make sure I understand:

    Did you choose “permanently delete” in the Trash area, yet you can still see the published post?

    I just tried to do the same with a privately published post, and it deleted, but it wasn’t published publicly.

    Let me know some more information and I’ll try to help you work it out.

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