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WordPress – How to Get Rid of Placeholder Posts?

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Last Updated: May 31, 2024

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When you are creating a new WordPress website, especially if it is for the first time, you might have come across some dummy or sample content that WordPress provides. These are usually named ‘Hello World!’ or ‘Sample Page’ depending on the version of WordPress you are using and they are there to guide you on how to create content on WordPress. However, as soon as you are going to build the actual website, you will probably want to delete these placeholder posts so that your visitors do not get confused.


Removing the placeholder posts in WordPress is quite easy, and you can employ the following methods if you are using this blog site: In this blog post, I will guide you on how to delete these sample posts and pages to give your website a clean slate for your actual content.


Method 1: How to Delete Placeholder Posts Individually


Another way of eliminating placeholder posts is to delete them individually from the WordPress admin panel. Here’s how:


  1. Go to your WordPress admin panel.

  2. Click on “Posts” on the left side of the page.

  3. To delete a placeholder post, simply mouse over the post to reveal a link in its lower right corner that reads “Trash. ”

  4. Perform step 3 for any other placeholder posts you need to delete.

You can also delete the posts permanently after trashing them through the “Trash” tab under the “Posts” option and then clicking on the “Empty Trash” icon.


Method 2: Delete Placeholder Posts in Bulk


If you have multiple placeholder posts in WordPress and want to remove them all at once, you can use the bulk delete option in WordPress. Here’s how:


  1. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard.

  2. Go to “Posts” in the left-hand menu.

  3. Check the boxes next to the placeholder posts you want to delete.

  4. Select “Move to Trash” from the bulk actions dropdown menu at the top of the list.

  5. Click the “Apply” button to move the selected posts to the trash.

  6. Navigate to the “Trash” section under “Posts” and click the “Empty Trash” button to permanently delete the posts.

Removing Placeholder Pages


In addition to placeholder posts, you may also want to remove any sample pages that came pre-installed with your WordPress site. The process is similar to deleting posts:


  1. Log in to your WordPress admin dashboard.

  2. Go to “Pages” in the left-hand menu.

  3. Hover over the placeholder page you want to delete and click the “Trash” link that appears underneath the page title.

  4. Repeat step 3 for any other placeholder pages you want to remove.

  5. Navigate to the “Trash” section under “Pages” and click the “Empty Trash” button to permanently delete the pages.

The Bottom Line


With the placeholder posts in WordPress and pages removed, your WordPress website is now ready for you to start creating and publishing your own unique content. Remember, keeping your website up-to-date and free of unnecessary content is essential for providing a professional and engaging experience for your visitors.

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