Post to Page, WordPress Tutorial

Post to Page, WordPress Tutorial

This short step-by-step “Post to Page, WordPress tutorial” is to show you how to change WordPress posts to pages and vice versa.

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For some strange reason I cannot recall anymore I created website pages instead of blog posts. Later I had to convert most of those pages into WordPress posts.

That was the time I needed to figure out how to  turn WordPress pages into posts. And so therefore, here’s a short howto tutorial as well. Enjoy.

1. Use a Plugin

Log into your WordPress Dashboard and click on Plugins → Add New. Then, on Search, type in Post Type Switcher and click on Search Plugins. Under Post Type Switcher, you want to install and activate it. After that, you have few options.

1. 1. Switch post type in the “Publish” meta box

Post Type Switcher plugin adds an option into the “Publish” meta box that allows you to change a post to a page and vice versa.

Post to page wordpress plugin

 

After clicking Edit, a drop down menu appears, and you can change the type of your post. Then just click Update.

post to page wordpress plugin

It is that simple.

Note! After you change your WordPress page to a post, this new post moves into your blog list according to its creation date. For example, your page was created on February 23, and you convert it to a post on June 06. Then your newly converted post lands between the posts created before and after February 23.

1.2. Switch post type from the “Quick Edit” screen

That is another option to change post type. While viewing all posts (or all pages), click Quick Edit.

 

post to page wordpress, quick edit

But for some reason, WordPress gives you 5(!) drop downs for post types and you have to convert the page to post in each of that drop down. It is not enough if you change the value in only one or two places.

post to page wordpress quick edit screen

 

1.3. Convert multiple posts to pages and vice versa

Sometimes you may need to switch post type for multiple pages or posts. Post Type Switcher plugin allows you to do that in the bulk action mode. As before, the instructions for pages and posts are the same.

1. Go to All Pages (or All Posts) and select the pages that you want to convert to posts.

2. At the Bulk Actions drop down menu select Edit, and then press the Apply button.

 

Post to page, wordpress bulk actions

 

3. Now you will see all selected pages in Quick Edit Mode. Again, you have to switch all five post type drop downs as needed.

post to page wordpress, bulk action post type

 

Why are there five drop downs? A good question. As I could convert my pages to posts in the “Publish” meta box (the first option in this post), I did not start to dig out why WordPress forces us to use five boxes. However, I tested it and found out that if you change all 5, the post type will change. That is what I wanted, in this case.

Conclusion

Sometimes you need to convert your WordPress pages to posts and vice versa. There are different options to do that, but one of the easiest ones is to use Post Type Switcher plugin. The plugin allows you to switch post type of a single post or multiple posts.

This little tool helps you organize your posts and pages in a better way. Your site will be easier to navigate, and it becomes customer friendlier.

What other ways do you know, how to convert pages to posts?

 

2 Comments

  1. What a neat plugin, I’m still working on menus, pages and posts so a handy tool to have, thanks for the info. :)

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