Have you ever wanted to hide older posts from your blog without deleting them?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you can just archive a post similar to the way you archive emails?
In this article, we will show you how to archive posts without deleting them in WordPress.
Why Archive Posts Without Deleting Them in WordPress?
As your WordPress blog grows, there will be times when you want to remove an old post from your website.
It may be that the post is out of date and no longer relevant. Or perhaps you have decided to take your website in a new direction.
Many website owners do this by unpublishing a WordPress post, making it private, or adding an old post notification to the top. But sometimes it just makes sense to archive a post in the same way that you archive emails, so you can easily reference it when needed.
Let’s take a look at how to archive posts without deleting them in WordPress.
How to Archive Posts Without Deleting Them in WordPress
Archiving a Single Post
You can archive a single post or page by editing it. When you click on the ‘Status’ drop down menu, you will see the new ‘Archived’ post status.
Simply select the ‘Archive’ status, and then click the ‘Update’ button at the top of the screen.
Your post will be marked as archived, and it will stop appearing on the front end of your site. Your website visitors will no longer be able to see it.
However, when you visit Posts » All Posts in your WordPress admin area, the post will still be listed and clearly marked as being archived.
From here, you can simply leave the post archived. If you want to use it again in the future, you can edit it if necessary and then publish it by changing the post status back to ‘Published’.
Archiving Posts in Bulk
You can archive multiple posts at once by visiting the Posts » All Posts page. Once there, you should select all of the posts you want to archive.
Next, you should click on ‘Bulk actions’ and select ‘Edit’ from the drop down menu. After that, you need to click the ‘Apply’ button.
WordPress will show you the bulk edit options for the selected posts. Under the status option, you should choose ‘Archived’ and then click the update button.
The selected posts are archived and will no longer appear on the front end of your website.
How to Troubleshoot Plugin Issues
From time to time you may encounter problems when installing a new WordPress plugin. For example, a few users have reported conflicts between the LH Archived Post Status plugin, and other plugins they use on their website.
While this is unlikely to happen to you, we’ll take a brief look at what to do if it does.
Troubleshooting Errors on Your WordPress Website
The first step is to follow some basic troubleshooting steps on your own. Doing this may actually solve your problem, but even if it doesn’t it will provide you with information you can share with the plugin developer should you need to contact them.
We show you what to do step by step in our beginner’s guide on troubleshooting WordPress errors. If the problem still persists, then you will need to reach out to the plugin developer.
Asking for Support From a WordPress Plugin Developer
The good news is that every plugin and theme in the official WordPress repository has its own support forum.
To find the forum for a particular plugin, go to that plugin’s page in the repository. You can then click on the ‘Support’ tab to see that plugin’s support forum.
When posting to the support forums, it’s important to remember that you’re asking an expert to answer your questions for free. With that in mind, always try to be respectful, clear, and concise.
It also helps to explain all the steps you’ve already taken. This shows that you don’t just expect other people to do all the hard work for you.
For more tips, see our guide on how to properly ask for WordPress support and get it.
We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to archive posts without deleting them in WordPress. You may also want to learn how to increase your blog traffic, or check out our list of the most common WordPress errors and how to fix them.