WordPress has a lot of built in features that are either ignored or just never discovered. And in many cases, some of these can be a huge time saver. The Bulk Actions > Edit feature for posts is one of them.
If you go into your All Posts page, select all or a number of posts, and in the drop down Bulk Actions, choose Edit.
Then click Apply and you get these options. You will see that you can do a lot of editing here. There might be several posts you want to change the author for (not sure why), but you could do it. Or you need to revert several published posts to draft. Or maybe there is a category you want to add to a couple dozen posts and don’t want to spend the time opening up each post, even in Quick Edit.
As an example, let me tell you how I recently used this. I was having an issue with a category archive page in my navigation bar. It just wouldn’t show because of some plugin issue. So what I needed to do was take all posts in this category, remove them from that category, create a new category and assign them all to the new one.
Let’s say the category is WordPress tips that is acting all wonky on me. I have now created a new category, name slightly changed, WordPress goodies.
I go into my categories and see that 19 posts need to be changed. Which would be a pain in the butt to do for each one.
I simply click on the 19 and it takes me to a page listing of all posts assigned to that category. First I select all posts by ticking the box Title. Then I go to Bulk Actions > Edit > Apply. Now all I have to to is choose the new category I want to assign them to, WordPress goodies, and update. Then after that, I went in and deleted the category I wasn’t using any more, WordPress tips.
It’s that simple.
And don’t forget the delete option as well in the Bulk Actions.
So next time you find a daunting task in WordPress that is time-consuming, make sure there isn’t a built-in feature that will save you time and the need to add another plugin.