Jumping Through July – 2020 – I did it!

I managed to clean up all the duplicates from my WordPress blog going back to 2017.  I deleted 2014 – 2016 completely since they were so old and moved forward from there.  Donna from Retirement Reflections asked how I did it so I’ll tell you what I found easiest for me.

First I went to the Dashboard on my site and clicked on posts:

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Then I chose the month and year I wanted from the drop down menu:

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I clicked “Filter” and that brought me to a page that looked like this.  I could tell the duplicates were the ones that did not say “Blogger, IFTT” so I checked all the posts that did not say that in the tags column and chose the bulk action to put them in the trash.

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Once they were all in the trash I emptied the trash.  This is the part that took the longest.

Then I went back to the dashboard and chose the media tab.  I set it to the month and year I was working on and then chose “unattached” from the drop down.  I chose “Bulk Select” and clicked on all the pictures.  I learned that I could click the first one and then hold command and shift keys on my Mac and click the last picture and that would select them all.  Once they were all selected I deleted them.


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After both the duplicate posts and the unattached media were deleted I went back to my main blog page and checked to see if the posts I wanted to keep were there with the correct pictures and they were!  I did this for each month from January 2017 to the present.  Once I figured it out, it really didn’t take that long.  I had been using 3.8 GB of space and now I am down to 1.3 GB so I have some room to grow.

I think my next project is going to be going through the posts to check to make sure all the links work.  That may take some time too but since the transcription work still isn’t pouring in, I have the time.  Also, I need to do the same thing on my Blogger site since I know there are some issues with that space as well.  Have you had to do an overhaul on your blog?

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25 Responses to Jumping Through July – 2020 – I did it!

  1. Yippee – that’s a wonderful accomplishment!! When I changed my blog URL to the current one I have it was a nightmare, so I’m not doing any major overhaul unless I just delete it all and start from scratch! You have inspired me though that where there’s a will, there’s a way to get WP figured out. You’re brave to do both Blogger and WP!

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  2. Debbie D. says:

    Blog maintenance is always a pain, but what a good feeling when it’s done. Congrats on cleaning up your site!

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  3. Erica/Erika says:

    Great information, Janet! I appreciate learning from each other. I have bookmarked your post. I am still a relatively newbie blogger (under 2 years). I know I will eventually have to overhaul my blog. A great post!

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  4. Hi, Janet – This is truly brilliant. I have asked several people the same question that I asked you, including WP Happiness Engineers, but until now I did not get this answer. I look forward to giving this a try. Fingers crossed!

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  5. DB McNicol says:

    I had no idea on the bulk photo delete…thank you! Cleaned up a lot, but kept some I know I will be using in the future. As to checking links, if it’s available to you, I use the plugin: Broken Link Checker By WPMU DEV

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  6. Paula Light says:

    That’s awesome! I’m going to do the unattached media ~ thanks for the tip 🙂

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  7. janieleeds says:

    Janet it sounds like a lot of work! Glad you accomplished it! 🙂 Yay!

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  8. LA says:

    Wow! Great work!

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  9. gigglingfattie says:

    I don’t invest that kind time and energy into my blog 😂😂 but good for you!! This sounds like a lot of work!!


  10. John Holton says:

    Quite a project! So far, I haven’t had to do something like that. although if I did I’d probably work with an offline copy. Still, congratulations on finishing!

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