In this article, we’ll teach you how to find WordPress page ID along with posts, media, categories, and tag IDs.
There are few ways on how to reveal those IDs, some ways are manually and other ways could be with a plugin. In this article, we will show you all the possible ways.
Why Use the Post or Page ID
The main reason for you to know and use the ID of a page or a post would be when using a custom function or creating a template.
Oftentimes, when building a page template or using a function, you’ll need to target a specific page of your WordPress website. Because every page or post has a unique ID number, that is the best way to target a page.
One of our previous posts showed you how to redirect an empty checkout page to a different page with a function. The function needed the page ID of the destination page for the redirect rule to work. That is a classic reason when to use a page or post IDs.
How to Find WordPress IDs With a Plugin
As you already know, there are WordPress plugins for everything, and many to display the ID of a page or a post. In fact, there are many plugins out there to do that but I would like to focus on one plugin.
This article will show you how to use the Catch IDs plugin to display the IDs of pages, posts, categories, tags, and media such as images and videos.
Navigate to Plugins -> Add New, search for Catch IDs, install and activate it.
After activating the plugin, you’ll see a new ID column added to the left of the page or post name.
You can also see the column added in the media, categories, and tags pages.
If you don’t see the new ID column in your admin screen, navigate to the Catch IDs tab on the left, and make sure all the options are turned on and green.
How to Find IDs Without a Plugin
As we mentioned above, there are many plugins out there that will help you with that. But the truth is that we can still find the ID of a page, post or etc without a plugin. The information is there, we need to know where to look.
There are many ways on how to discover the ID without a plugin and now I will show you the most common ones.
Using the View Page Source
This is one of my favorite ways to reveal the ID because you don’t have to be logged in to your WordPress website. When I’m working on custom functions on my local machine, it saves the extra time of logging in and navigate to the pages list.
To use the Page Source Code method, navigate to the desired ID of the page or item that you would like to find. Right-click anywhere on the page and click on View Page Source.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the exposed page source code. It is a big one but we are only going to look for the ID number.
Use your keyword to search by clicking on CTRL + F (Windows) or COMMAND + F (Mac) and search for
id-. The numbers to the right of the search result are the ID number.
In the example above, the revealed post ID number is 105.
Find IDs From the Admin Screen
Another great way to expose any ID in WordPress is from within the list pages. Again, you can use it for posts, pages, categories, tabs, and media.
For example, if we would like to find an ID of a page, we will navigate Pages -> All Pages.
All that has been left to do is to hover our mouse on the edit option of the desired page. By hovering on it, the edit link of that item exposed and we can find the ID in the link on the bottom left side of the screen.
The nice thing about this method is that we don’t actually need to click on the Edit option. Hovering on it is enough and will do the trick.
By using this method, you can save a lot of time if you need to get the IDs of many items. You can go through many items without getting into the edit screen for each of them.
In the Edit Screen
If finding the ID using the method above didn’t work, you can still find the ID from inside the edit screen.
To do that, launch the edit screen of your desired item. Again, that will also work with categories, tags, and media.
From inside the edit screen, look at the URL in your browser and look for
post=. The number to the right is the ID of the page, post, or media.
In the example above, the page ID is 23.
If you are looking to find a category ID or tag ID look for
In the example above, the revealed category ID is 4.
Finding the IDs is easy with or without using a plugin. If you need to find IDs often, using a plugin will definitely going to save you a lot of time. But if you only need to find an ID once in a while you can go ahead and use the manual ways I showed you above.
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