If you are wondering how to delete posts for a certain date, you will need to know how WordPress stores posts in its database.

About Timestamps

In order to delete posts for a certain date we need to have a date, but that alone is not sufficient. WordPress stores the date like this:

2015-06-25 11:53:24

As you can see it includes a timestamp. This goes for post_date and post_date_gmt.

So when you write an SQL query, you have to specify the time like 00:00:00

Select Rows For Regular Posts

Before we actually delete any entries, it’s a good practice to run a SELECT query to verify what it is that you’re getting rid of.

SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE post_date > '2015-06-25 00:00:00' AND post_date < '2015-07-10 00:00:00';

Only Select Rows For Custom Post Types

If you have set up your own post type such as “reviews”, “threads”, “products”, we need to further specify the post_type

SELECT * FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = 'reviews' AND

post_date > '2015-06-25 00:00:00' AND post_date < '2015-07-10 00:00:00';


To actually delete the rows, you now only need to drop the statement “SELECT *” and replace it with “DELETE”. If you are entering the query via PHPMyadmin it should then ask you before it runs the query.

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