I have the following situation. I accidentally updated post_name column in wp_posts tables for all rows. Now I need to update those back somehow. I have researched that WP uses this function to generate slugs wp_unique_post_slug.

Can anyone please provide me with steps how to do this? I have no idea of PHP, plugins etc. What will I need to do this?

1 Answer 1


As @toscho already answered here, yes this is possible.

You just need to copy this code into the functions.php of your theme, and there you go.

// get all posts
$posts = get_posts( array (  'numberposts' => -1 ) );

foreach ( $posts as $post )
    // check the slug and run an update if necessary 
    $new_slug = sanitize_title( $post->post_title );

    // use this line if you have multiple posts with the same title
    $new_slug = wp_unique_post_slug( $new_slug, $post->ID, $post->post_status, $post->post_type, $post->post_parent );

    if ( $post->post_name != $new_slug )
            array (
                'ID'        => $post->ID,
                'post_name' => $new_slug

You can also create a plugin for that, if you create a yourplugin.php file in your plugins folder, with a valid plugin header and the above code:

    Plugin Name: Your Plugin
    Plugin URI: http://www.example.com
    Description: description
    Version: 0.1
    Author: thatsyou
    Author URI: http://www.yourdomain.com
    License: MIT


Please be aware that if you copy this code into your functions.php or your activate the plugin, it is executed all the time. You can get some ideas on how to execute code only once here: Best Practices

  • Hello! Thank you for the answer. Does wp_update_post internally call wp_unique_post_slug? Feb 20, 2016 at 22:44
  • actually no. see updated answer.
    – fischi
    Feb 20, 2016 at 22:55
  • Can we filter temporarily here $posts = get_posts( array ( 'numberposts' => -1 ) ); by specific ID so I can check it for one post first? Feb 20, 2016 at 22:59
  • if you set numberposts to 1, not to -1, you only change one post. -1 means no limit.
    – fischi
    Feb 20, 2016 at 23:04
  • No, no. I mean to filter it by post_id, not the first one. Feb 20, 2016 at 23:05

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