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How to Convert or Change Custom Post Types in WordPress

WordPress uses a variety of post types to manage content in your site. These include posts, pages, menus, attachments and revisions. You can also create custom post types to serve many purposes. But what do you do when you want to convert custom post types in WordPress?

You might have instances where one piece of content is better suited as a specific post type in your website. In that case, you need something like a post type switcher.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to change post types in WordPress using a simple plugin. You don’t need to worry about coding or making extensive changes to your content’s layout.

Using Post Type Switcher

The Post Type Switcher plugin is a small add-on that gives you a quick tool to change the type of content you’re creating. It supports nearly every combination of conversion and is among some of the highest rated tools for WordPress custom post types.

Install and activate, “Post Type Switcher.”

Post Type Switcher

Changing a Single Post

This plugins adds a function to posts that lets you change the type before or after publishing. Let’s take a look at how to do this.

Go to Posts and open any piece of content, or add a new one.

Open Post

The post type converter is located on the right side of the WordPress editor under the “Publish” section. Click the “Edit” link next to Post Type.

Edit Post Type

Use the drop down box to change the post type.

Change Post Type

Click the “OK” button to commit the change.

Save Post Type

Before WordPress will convert the post, you need to click the “Update” or “Publish” button. This depends on whether you’re editing an old post or creating a new one.

Post Update

WordPress will automatically move the piece of content to the new section and you can continue editing.

Using Quick Edit

Quick Edit is a built-in function for WordPress that lets you make certain adjustments without actually opening the post or page.

Hover over a post or page and click, “Quick Edit.”

Quick Edit

On the right side of the editor, you can choose the Post Type from the drop down window.

Quick Edit Post Type

Click the “Update” button on the right to make the change.

Quick Edit Save

Bulk Edit with Post Type Converter

Bulk Edit isn’t just a useful feature for image management. What if you want to change the post type for several articles of content at once?

Use the checkboxes to select all the posts you want to convert.

Content Checkbox

Change the drop down from Bulk Actions to “Edit.”

Bulk Edit Post

Click the “Apply” button next to Edit.

Apply Edit

At the bottom of the list on the right, use the drop down next to “Post Type” to choose.

Post Type Edit

Click the “Update” button on the right.

Update Post Type

The posts will automatically move to the type you selected.

Manage Your Content with Efficiency

This post type converter is just one example of how you can easily and efficiently manage your content. It’s all about creating a flow that is best for your visitors while making it easy to keep your materials organized. Choose tools that are most likely to help you succeed in managing your custom posts, pages and media.

What custom post types have you created for the website? What kind of methods do you put in to place to keep your content organized outside of categories and tags?

Author: Michael Brockbank

Michael has been in the tech industry in some form or another since the late 1990s. He’s built a variety of websites using HTML, Joomla and WordPress. Starting his freelance writing career in 2012, he’s completed thousands of projects world-wide covering a wide scope of topics. Michael is currently the Content Marketing Team Lead. Today, he manages a team of writers to create tutorials, blog posts and support content for customers. Outside of GreenGeeks, he manages a YouTube channel that helps others learn how to become freelance writers, bloggers and overall professionals.

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