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How to Find User, Post, Category, Comments or Tag IDs in WordPress

Many of the elements in WordPress are controlled by ID numbers. After installing WordPress, you may see something like a “post=” in the URL of content. These identifiers remain in WordPress even after changing the permalinks. This is because of the development nature of the system itself.

Don’t worry, visitors and search engines will still see the permalink correctly if you changed it.

In some instances, you may need to find these ID numbers for various forms of content. Today, I’m going to show you how to check for these numbers and where you can find them.

Checking for User ID

Click the “Users” function from the left column.

Users

Click into a name to make edits.

Edit User

In the address bar of your browser, you’ll see a line of text. The number you’re looking for is after the “user_ID=” portion.

User ID

What if you need the Author ID? You find this in a similar fashion. Instead of clicking on the name of a user, click on the number of posts on the far right.

Number Posts

This will show a complete list of all the articles the user has submitted into WordPress. In the address bar, you’ll see a number after the “author=”. This is the author ID.

Author ID

Checking for a Page or Post ID

Page and Post IDs are virtually identical when looking for them. The only difference is one says “page” while the other says “post.” For this example, I’m looking for a post ID.

Click the option for Posts from the left. This will also work if you click on Pages.

Click Posts

Click into the title of a post or page you want the ID for.

Click Title

In the address bar, you’ll see a number after the “post=” text. This is the post ID number. It will look similar if you’re looking at a page except it will says, “page=.”

Post ID

Checking for Category ID

To find an ID of a specific category, go to Posts and click, “Categories.”

Categories

Click into a category to edit it.

Click Category

The category ID is the number after, “category&tag_ID=”. This is how WordPress handles the taxonomy of content in the system. This is not the same as a “tag” you would use to mark your content as in the tag cloud.

Category Tag ID

Checking for Comment ID

Perhaps you need the comment ID number. Click the Comments function from the left.

Comments

Click Edit of the comment you want to view.

Edit Comment

The ID is the number after the “&c=”.

Comment ID

Checking for Tag ID

Like Categories, Tags is located in the “Posts” section of WordPress. These are used to connect certain articles together, kind of like keywords. With a click of the mouse, visitors can see all the content related to a specific tag.

To find the ID number of these, go to Posts and click, “Tags.”

Tags

Click the name of a tag to open it. It’s similar to how the category section above works.

Open Tag

The tag ID number in WordPress is after the “tag_ID=” in the URL.

WordPress Tag ID

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How often do you need the user ID or other elements when building your website? How many categories or tags do you use in your content?

Author: Alex G.

Updated on July 15, 2019

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