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How to Publish a WordPress Page (4 Easy Ways)

How to unpublish a WordPress page (4 simple ways)

Want to remove a page from your WordPress site?

Sometimes you want to remove the publishing of WordPress pages for editing and privacy reasons. Or you need to hide certain pages from groups of users.

In this article, we will show you how to easily remove the release of a WordPress page step by step.

Why cancel a WordPress page?

When you build a WordPress site, you create and publish pages to make them live for your site visitors.

However, there may be times when you want to remove the publication of these pages so that they are not visible to others.

For example, you may have changed your mind about certain pages and want to take your site in a new direction. Or you have accidentally posted a page that you do not want your visitors to see.

WordPress makes it easy to remove page publishing, hide them from your visitors, make them accessible only to specific visitors, and more.

With that said, let’s take a look at a few different ways you can remove the publication of a page on your WordPress site. Simply use the quick links below to go to your preferred method of removing a page.

Method 1: Remove publishing a single WordPress page

If you remove the publication of a page, you can remove it from your site while still allowing yourself to edit the page and republish later.

The easiest way to do this is to switch the page to a draft. This hides the page from visitors to your site, but logged in users can still view and edit the page from the page’s dashboard.

If you have noticed errors on the page, or want to improve the content, then this is a good option.

To do this, navigate to Pages ¬ĽAll Pages and then hover over the page and click on the ‘Edit’ link.

Edit WordPress page

This brings you to the page editing screen.

Then click on the ‘Switch to Draft’ link at the top of the page.

Click on switch to draft

This will bring up a pop up that will confirm if you want to switch the page to a draft.

Just click the ‘OK’ button.

Confirm remote page release

This will automatically update your page to a draft.

If you no longer need the page on your site, or it is out of date, then you can delete the page completely.

This is equivalent to adding your page to the Recycle Bin or Trash on your computer.

To do this, click on the ‘Move to Trash’ button in the menu on the right and your page will be moved to the Trash.

Move the page to the Trash

Note: If the page you are deleting ranks in the search engines and brings you traffic, then you would like to redirect the URL to another relevant page so that you do not lose SEO rankings. For more details, see our Beginner’s Guide to Creating 301 Redirects in WordPress.

Method 2: Eliminate publishing multiple WordPress pages at once

If you are redesigning or moving a site to a new domain, then you may have a lot of pages that you no longer need or just want to edit. Instead of reviewing these one at a time, you can remove the release or delete them all at once.

To do this, navigate to Pages ¬ĽAll Pages and then select the check box next to the pages you want to remove from publishing.

Select multiple pages

This will give you a selection field where you can set multiple pages as draft. Simply click on the ‘Mass Actions’ drop-down menu and select ‘Edit’ and then click ‘Apply’.

Then select ‘Draft’ from the ‘Status’ drop-down menu and click ‘Update’

Draft multiple pages

You can also move multiple pages to the Trash by selecting ‘Move to Trash’ from the ‘Bulk Options’ drop-down menu.

Then click on ‘Apply’.

Move multiple pages to the Trash

You can view your pages in the Trash by clicking on the ‘Trash’ menu.

Then select the check box next to the pages you want to delete completely and select ‘Delete permanently’ from the ‘Bulk actions’ drop-down menu.

Delete pages permanently

Then click on the ‘Apply’ button.

This permanently removes pages from your site and can not be restored, so delete only pages that you are sure you will not need in the future.

Method 3: Make a WordPress page private or password protected

Password protection of a WordPress page allows you to keep certain areas of your WordPress blog private.

This can be useful if you want to create a separate area on your site for customers or team members. It can also be useful if you want to hide certain pages on your site that you are still building.

First, open the page you want to password protect. Then click on ‘Public’ in the ‘Visibility’ section of the menu on the right.

Then select the option ‘Password Protected’ and enter your password in the field.

Password protected page

Then click the ‘Refresh’ button to save your changes.

Now, when your visitors go to your page, they are prompted to enter a password.

Example of password protected page

Another option is to make your page private so that it is only visible to the administrators and editors of your site once they are logged in.

To do this, simply select the ‘Private’ option from the ‘Visibility’ section.

Make the page private

Then there will be a popup that will ask you to confirm if you want to make the page private.

Just click the ‘OK’ button and it will update automatically.

Verify Private WordPress Page

If you want to see pages that are private and password protected, you can go back to your WordPress page dashboard.

This shows all your published, draft, password and private pages in an instant.

See password and private pages

Method 4: Make only a WordPress page for members

You can also remove the publication of a page and make it visible to users with the right level of membership. Non-member visitors can sign up to view the page. This can be a great way to expand your email list and make money online on your website.

The best way to do this is with the MemberPress plugin. It is the best WordPress membership plugin and lets you easily add membership functionality to any site.


The plugin is very easy to use and lets you sell online courses, premium downloads, drip content and much more.

There are powerful access control features that let you restrict access to specific WordPress pages with a few clicks.

Pages for members only

For more details on restricting access to specific pages, see our guide on how to create a payment wall in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you learn how to remove a WordPress page. You may also want to see our guide on how to register a domain name and our expert selection of the best AI chatbot software for your website.

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