How To Undo Changes In WordPress – Beginner’s Guide

In my post, I show you how to undo changes in WordPress, step by step. There is a feature in WordPress that allows you to restore a post to an older version. This feature is called ‘Revisions’.

WordPress has a feature that allows you to restore a blog post to an older version. This feature is called Revisions.

By the end of this post, you will be able to access the ‘Revisions’ feature, compare versions of a blog post, and restore a blog post to an older version.

Let’s get started.

How To Undo Changes In WordPress

To undo changes in WordPress, restore a saved blog post. You can access saved blog posts using the Revisions feature. I teach you how to use revisions to undo changes, step by step.

What Are WordPress Revisions?

WordPress saves copies of your blog posts to the database each time you publish, update, or save a draft.

These saved versions are called revisions.

Update post content
Saved draft or publish content

WordPress also has an autosave feature that saves your current work every sixty seconds. The autosave is not a revision.

How To View WordPress Revisions

In your WordPress editor, revisions appear in the right sidebar. You won’t see this option if you don’t have any.

For example, this is a tutorial post. I used the same blog post and changed the title. I have many revisions to this post.

Revisions in WordPress

To view revisions of a post, click on the ‘Revisions’ link.

Revisions in WordPress review

Details of the last revision are on the top-left. This revision was created four days ago by Examplenewblogr.

Below that, I can see the post from that date. The text highlighted in green is the text I added.

On the top of this page is a sliding scale. Moving this scale allows you to view other revisions. Use the ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ links or click and drag the arrow icon.

Here is the previous revision for this post.

Previous revisions in WordPress

Red indicates content deleted. Green indicates added content.

How To Compare Revisions

Tick the Compare Any Two Revisions box to compare.

Compare revisions in WordPress

The sliding scale has an extra icon and details of the two revisions when comparing.

I will move the left pointer to the first revision and compare it with the latest one.

Comapring two revisions in WordPress

I can see details of the two revisions I am comparing on the top left. The revision on the left is from the 20th of April. The one on the right is from four days ago.

How To Restore A Blog Post

When you decide on the revision you want to restore, untick the ‘Compare any two revisions’ box. Then slide the pointer to the one you want. Finally, restore.

For example, if I wanted to restore this post to the first revision. I untick the compare box, move the slider to the left, then select the ‘Restore’ link.

Restore a revision

After I select the restore link, I return to my post.

Should you change your mind, you can go into revisions anytime you want.

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Conclusion

Now you can undo saved changes in WordPress. Each time you publish, update or save a draft. WordPress saves a post revision to the database.

You can access post revisions via the right sidebar when editing blog posts.

You can review your saved revisions or compare any two revisions.

Move the scale pointer, and click on the ‘Restore’ link to restore your post to a saved revision. You can view and restore revisions as many times as you like.

Check out my WordPress tutorial post category to view more WordPress tutorials. Alternatively, find more WordPress tutorials on my YouTube channel.

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