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Restoring old versions of WordPress posts

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I almost had a mini heart attack today. I was feeling very OC about the uniformity of some of my posts, so I tried updating it.

You know the feeling when you start fixing things but you end up ruining it?

That’s what happened. I accidentally replaced my posts with blank versions. 2 of them.

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After recovering from the mini heart attack, I quickly googled how to restore my blog.

I initially thought of restoring from my old backup, but the one I have was a week ago, which means I’ll be missing 2 posts. I’m not sure of the effect, but I’m not ready to lose more posts.

I accidentally stumbled upon a post by Sandra Madeira about accidentally overwriting blog posts. Ha, I’m not the only one. 

Her steps are pretty easy to follow. Though since I’m visual, below are screenshots on how to restore old versions of wordpress blog posts:

1. Go to WP Admin > Posts > All Posts

2. Choose the post that you want to restore > Click on EDIT

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3. When you click on edit, you will see Publish options on the side. Click on Revisions.

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You will see the available # of versions. WordPress can store up to 25 versions.

4. You can choose from the different available versions of the post by sliding the bar. Date and author information is also available per version.

Hint: You’ll see the differences in the version at the bottom.

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5. Once you reach the version that you want to restore, click on Restore This Revision.

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And you’re done! Tap yourself on the back for saving yourself.

I’m NOT an expert in WordPress, but this fix worked for me. So, that’s a WIN for today! 🙂

Do you know other ways of restoring accidentally overwritten posts? Feel free to share in the comments below.

 

Enjoy life. Cheers!

~Nina

59 Comments

  1. mumwrites (@vixquips)

    those wordpress revisions sure are a God-send, I will make sure to remember this trick. I sometimes encounter problems like this with my blog, too.

    16 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Super true! I was so lucky that I found this fix. I was close to crying already. :))

      27 . Apr . 2016
  2. jaimie felix

    oh m g! Thank you for this post cause seriously, I never had a back up of my blog 🙁 gaaaaaahd. I don’t want something like that happening to me…. waaaaaa! thank you once again…
    ~Jaimie of THE MERMAID IN STILETTOS

    14 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Happy to help! 🙂 Though to be safe,it might be a good idea to start backing up too. This is slightly traumatic for me. haha.

      27 . Apr . 2016
  3. Nostalgic Momma

    Good for you that you’ve found a solution right away! If that happened to me, I will also panic! Haha! But anyway, this is very informative. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    14 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      You’re welcome! I was close to crying, good thing I stumbled upon the solution 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2016
  4. Anna Trogo

    Because I know this, it spoiled the suspense. Haha! But I’ve had problems like this before. What I usually do is to save it as a draft in the blog and save it in MS Word as backup. You never know when your hosting server will be unreliable.

    13 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      That’s actually a good suggestion! I should start saving local copies of my posts. Thanks, Anna!

      27 . Apr . 2016
  5. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    This is very useful. I’m using blogger platform but I have friends that are using wordpress. I know what tip to give when they overwrite their post.

    13 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Thanks, Lady! I hope they don’t encounter the same problem that I have.

      27 . Apr . 2016
  6. ASKSonnie

    Aside from the built-in feature of WordPress, check the cached version of your blog (if available) to retrieve your old post. But I prefer using the WordPress revision history

    13 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      I haven’t tried the cached version, but thanks for letting me know. If all else fails, I’ll try that too. Though I hope I wouldn’t need to use it. 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2016
  7. Newswire

    Amazing! so I learned something today 🙂 I am kinda good in WordPress and enjoy trying different things, especially adding and exploring plugins. This tip is great! thanks for sharing…:)

    12 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      You’re welcome! Maybe we should exchange tips. I can learn a lot 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2016
  8. Maan Laxa

    Fantastic that you were able to discover the solution! I use this feature all the time not in my personal blog but in our work website. Despite this, overwriting posts never fail to give me mini heart attacks!

    12 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Yes, especially when you delete the whole entry. 🙁 Lesson learned: focus! 😀

      27 . Apr . 2016
  9. msbolin

    Thank you for this. Im using wordpress as well and this is very helpful. It happened to me a number of times and funny, i restarted everything. Hahaha.

    12 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Oh no 🙁 I was planning to restart too but my heart couldn’t take it. We really have to keep a back up somewhere. Haha

      27 . Apr . 2016
  10. Leo Kevin Mendiola

    I am actually using a different platform but this post is really helpful especially to those who will encounter the dillema that you just did. Thank you for posting. Bookmarking this just in case I decided to switch to WP. 🙂

    11 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Happy to help! I struggled a bit finding for a solution, so I made a post in case somebody encounters it too 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2016
  11. Renata Pereira

    Omg! That’s a life saver!!! I never realized WordPress offers this. Once I also lost an entire post and (silly me or lucky me) I had that same page open on the browser. I obviously didn’t refresh it, so I copied/pasted from the website itself… I had to create the links back to the images, but at least didn’t lose the whole thing. This would have save me a lot of time!!!

    11 . Apr . 2016
    • ninasogue

      I was so close to doing the same thing. Good thing, I tried googling and stumbled upon one post with instructions. I struggled a bit since it was text heavy, but I was able to restore it. Thank you, WP! 🙂

      11 . Apr . 2016
  12. eunisdg

    Good thing I switch to wordpress from blogger, thanks for the idea, I guess I could transfer my blog post from there. 🙂

    09 . Apr . 2016
    • ninasogue

      I used to be on blogger too. I didn’t last long. WordPress is so much easy to deal with 🙂

      12 . Apr . 2016
  13. Nicole Paler

    That revisions tab is a total lifesaver for me sis! I too used wordpress and also had the same dillema as yours although is a different situation. I used to have a damn slow internet connection and when writing my articles, the internet would sometimes fail and a whole couple of paragraphs would be lost… It’s a good thing that there are articles posted by co-users of wordpress like what you did here who helped me a great deal and get my lost words hahaha! I am wondering though if there is something like this for the ones using blogspot… what do you think sis? 🙂

    09 . Apr . 2016
    • ninasogue

      I am not sure with blogspot, but I didn’t encounter this before when I used to be in blogspot.

      I used to be in blogpost but I had a hard time formatting, which made creating a post very frustrating. WordPress is much easier to use for me. 🙂

      12 . Apr . 2016
  14. Nini Perez

    Helpful post! i had a wordpress blog. My dilemma is finding it. 🙂 So sad because I had nice stories there.

    09 . Apr . 2016
    • ninasogue

      I think you can still retrieve it if you have your email. I’m not super sure, but it’s worth a try. 🙂

      12 . Apr . 2016
  15. Kaity

    Oh! Thanks for sharing this. I’m using blogspot. Still deciding if I should transfer to WordPress…

    09 . Apr . 2016
    • ninasogue

      I used to be with blogspot. I’m not gifted with html so I switched to WordPress. It’s much easier to customize if you’re not techy like me 🙂

      12 . Apr . 2016
  16. melissaungco

    Awesome post! I wish there was a guide for restoring posts on blogspot too. Hehe. 🙂

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • ninasogue

      Hi Melissa! I’m not sure if they have the same feature in blogspot. I have not encountered it before when I was still a blogspot user.

      12 . Apr . 2016
  17. Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo

    I’m not using a wordpress but I think your posts will definitely help a lot of people in restoring the old versions. Keep posting

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Thanks, Dorothy! One of my aims in blogging is also to help people. I hope they don’t encounter the same thing though. Haha.

      27 . Apr . 2016
  18. Adel C

    That could really be heart-breaking if you haven’t recovered your old posts. Glad you found a solution. I’m using blogger and so far, I haven’t accidentally deleted anything yet. I’m not sure what I’ll do if it happened to me. Haha.

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      It is really devastating. I don’t keep a copy of my posts. Now I know that I should do. 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2016
  19. yogoandcream

    This still haven’t happened to us since we’re still “newbie” bloggers, but it’s great to know in advance that we can recover it if we overwrite it. It’s just my worry that WordPress can only store up to 25 revisions. Sometimes, it takes us more than 25 revisions before we publish it since we are very OC on what we post and we try to make sure that our grammar is flawless. Thanks for sharing. -Me-An

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Hi Me-an! Not sure if you can adjust the number of revisions. I make a lot of revisions myself, but I think the revision count starts once the post is published? I’m also a newbie myself so I’m still trying to learn the quirks 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2016
  20. Joy Domingo Gurtiza

    It happened to me too and I learned my lesson! Kaya lang sa akin hindi ko na save yung mga old posts ko. Lucky you! 🙂

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Oh my! How did you fix yours? That must be heartbreaking 🙁

      27 . Apr . 2016
  21. marycharie - twomonkeystravel

    I can totally feel you! Updates sometimes are pain in the ass 😀

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Yes they are. Especially when you do them by batch. Prone to error 🙁

      27 . Apr . 2016
  22. momsterteacher

    Happened to me, too! Nahirapan among lumunok! Hahaha!

    @Robert Lee – I know!!! I miss Livewriter too! It’s the reason why It took me a while to switch to Mac…because there’d be no Livewriter na!

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Oh no. What did you do to fix it?

      27 . Apr . 2016
  23. mommykach

    You’re not the only one! Haha. Experienced this as well when I tried to add the read more functionality to my posts. I panicked too but then I remembered this certain wiki-styled program we use and maintain at work that has the page history link. Did a little digging and saw Revisions.

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      You’re lucky that you knew about this. It’s a super lifesaver, isn’t it?

      27 . Apr . 2016
  24. Joanna

    This is a very useful tip! I hope this will never happen to me, but you never know with this technology when you click on the wrong button or press the wrong key and delete everything by mistake. I will bookmark your article, in case I make a mistake one day. 🙂

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Happy to help, Joanna. I hope this doesn’t happen to you though. Haha

      27 . Apr . 2016
  25. Mommy Queenelizabeth

    I’ve been in wordpress on my first blog then i decided to transfer everything on blogger becoz i was having a hard time mastering it. Good for u, you discovered something helpful for wordpress users… This is a great input!

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      We learn from our errors. Haha. I used to be with blogger, but I struggled with all the manual things. I think preference will really depend on the user 🙂

      27 . Apr . 2016
  26. Pia Dysangco Villamor

    Oh my gosh! Bookmarking this now! I haven’t mastered wordpress and I’m the sort of person who makes multiple revisions when working on a blog- I’ve lost several blog posts because of this. So now I try to do it the old school way and write my stuff on MS word first, then I just copy paste to my blog when I’m good and ready. This post will definitely save me in the future, I can feel it. Hahaha. Thanks for sharing!

    08 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Happy to help, Pia! Though I think I should start saving a local copy too. This incident was scary. 🙁

      27 . Apr . 2016
  27. Neri Ann

    I am planning to make a new blog from wordpress. I am still learning how to get to use to it. Good thing there is an internet where we could check some tutorials if something went wrong. Whew!

    07 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      Hi Neri! Good luck on exploring wordpress. Do let me know in case you encounter new tricks 🙂 I’m still learning too 😀

      27 . Apr . 2016
  28. Meikah Ybañez-Delid (@Meikah)

    Whoa, I know how that feels. Happened to me before too… good thing back up was up-to-date. But this is a very useful info ha.. bookmarking for future use. ;))

    07 . Apr . 2016
    • Nina Sogue

      I have to make back-uping a habit. I don’t want mini heart attacks in the future! Haha

      27 . Apr . 2016
  29. ROBERT LEE

    Excellent tip on restoring earlier versions of posts in case of mistakes such as what happened to you. There is a program made by Microsoft called Live Writer. I miss that program because simply, it is the best blogging program. I had been using Mac for five years and there is no comparison to Live Writer. I am not sure if it is available still, and if it is, use it as it works with WordPress too. What I am not sure about is if it keeps revisions.

    When I write, I always use Microsoft Word. That way, I have a copy of my posts and editing is easier, and I could write offline. I always have copies of my posts because my documents are also saved on cloud drives.

    07 . Apr . 2016
    • momsterteacher

      @Robert Lee – I know!!! I miss Livewriter too! It’s the reason why It took me a while to switch to Mac…because there’d be no Livewriter na! What offline editor are you using now?

      08 . Apr . 2016
      • Nina Sogue

        Thanks for the tip, Robert! I learned to really back up and create local copies now. I think I’ll try Word for now. 🙂

        27 . Apr . 2016

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