I have a CPT (defined in functions.php) that I have set to as non-hierarchical. A lot of content has already been uploaded into the database.

If I change the definition to 'hierarchical' => true, will the change affect any of the posts in that CPT?

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No, it will not. It changes just the interface in the post editor: you get the page attributes box to select a parent.

All existing post have already a value for the parent: 0. You can find it in the post_parent property of each post. The only thing that changes now is the ability to change that value.

  • Perfect, that's what I wanted to hear! Thanks a lot for the response.
    – Jacob
    Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 20:56

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