Accessing past post revisions in WordPress
Writing a blog post has those frustrating moments: with making the umpteenth change to a blog post, I have deleted the wrong paragraph, edited the wrong line, or added the wrong bit of HTML text. While some of those changes are easily fixed with the back button in the post editor (if you can’t find it, you may need to add the back button to your post editor), some mistakes take just too much time to undo. Being able to access them is also helpful when you want to change just a small section of your post back to how it was four revisions ago–copy and paste is such a better friend than rewriting.
That’s when a record of all post revisions becomes helpful. In HTML form, these records clearly show the changes between each version of your blog post.
They show up once you click on the “Save Draft” button within the Publish box, with each revision being saved each time you again click on the save button. Although WordPress automatically saves anything new (thank you WordPress!), I’d recommend you make it a habit to frequently save your work yourself–just in case!
These post revision records are easily accessible when in each blog post editor, on the right side, within the Publish box. Clicking on the “browse” link takes you to all the past revisions for that particular article (see below).
Changes and additions are highlighted to make them easy to see, and you can slide from one revision to the next with the slider bar at the top. You can either find the section that you want to change back, and copy and paste it into your current revision; or, once you’re viewing the past revision you’d like to have instead, by clicking on the blue “restore this revision” button.
This is available in both WordPress.com blogs and self-hosted WordPress.org blogs!
Let me know: do you use this tool often when blogging in WordPress?
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