When I first started this blog, I didn’t have categories or tags set up because I didn’t really know what direction the blog would take. When I went back and started setting the tags and categories on old posts, I noticed that the edited posts wound up having their “last-updated” dates changed.
I didn’t really want that. Among other reasons, feed readers could display old posts as having updates, when in fact there’s nothing really new for the blog audience. It’s sort of annoying for blog readers, so I googled for a solution.
What seems to be the standard solution is the WordPress Minor Edit Plugin, which adds a little checkbox, “Minor Edit”, to the Publish box in a WordPress Edit Post screen. Check it to avoid a change in last-updated:
Installing the Minor Edit Plugin
Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough to install the plugin.
Log in as your blog’s admin user and go to Plugins: Find Plugins. (This is assuming you’re using WordPress version 2.7 or higher).
Search for “minor edit”:
Click on “Install” (at the right-hand side of the page), or just click on the description.
WordPress shows an install popup:
Click on the orange “Install” button.
WordPress installs the plugin:
Be sure to click on Activate to activate the plugin. Otherwise, it’ll be available, but not functional. If you forget, just go to Plugins: Manage Plugins. Go to the bottom where it lists “Inactive Plugins”. Click on Activate for the Minor Edit Plugin:
The plugin is then activated:
There are no options to set for this plugin, so the only place you’ll see it in action is the Edit Post page (above).
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