How to Get Your Blog Post Back from the Depths of WordPress




I was minding my own bloggy business when I messed up a post that I had spent some major time setting up. I don’t know how I even did it but I turned the entire thing into one big link to a Google search. Huh? Right. Moving on.

WordPress would NOT let me ‘undo’ as I usually do when I muck something up. I was stuck. In the muck. Oh…

And non-techie me figured out how to fix it. Little ol’ me! Most of you probably already know this but I thought I’d share just in case I could save a fellow friendly blogger the trouble of rewriting a post. (I even have visuals. This is all mind-blowing, I know.)

I made up a Wonderful New Post to walk you through this super easy process.



Write an awesome post and be proud. Fix those typos, polish, and click “Save Draft”, as always.


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Mess up your awesome blog post and panic. Then notice how you now have “Revisions” over to the right. You didn’t have that before. You must “Save Draft” at least twice before that shows up. This “Revisions” is your key to salvation. Or your post’s salvation. Same, same. Click on “Browse” over in “Revisions”.


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You get a choice here. You’ll now see two versions of the post. Click on “Previous” on the left of your screen OR slowly move the sliding arrow in the middle of your screen over to the left.


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Cool! You’re getting closer to your original (or the version you want back). It says this was my “9 minutes ago” revision. But…it still has my mistake in the green there, see? I don’t want this.


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Neat! You’ll notice the big, blue button that says “Restore This Revision” is now clickable. (It wasn’t before.) Click that button when you see the post you want. Ah! My mistake is no longer in that green area.


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Look! It says “Post Restored”. I have my Wonderful New Post back. Click “Save Draft” then “Publish”. (Or schedule, if that’s your thing.)


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Happy blogging days, my friends.


74 thoughts on “How to Get Your Blog Post Back from the Depths of WordPress

  1. I don’t use post with the thumbtack to write my new post. I click “Write” with a pen, then take me to a new post page. I could try the way you did it and see what happen. I also never write direct on the new post. I write everything on Word, saved them on my computer. I copy and paste on the new post. In case something happen to my blog, I still have all of my original.

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  2. Don’t you hate it when that happens? My “post” writing/editing page has all the revisions listed at the bottom, and I’ve used that a million times. My theme is really old, and I wonder if that makes a difference. Thanks for the lesson, Sarah. This will undoubtedly come in handy. πŸ™‚

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  4. Woot woot! Glad you got it back! These little info posts are helpful, especially when you forget then you can go back and search your own history to figure it out again.

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    • I know. I am so glad I got that one back. I was trying something with media and I don’t know what I’m doing so it took a long while. And, you know, I need to use that damn “search” more often. I have some good history. πŸ˜‰


    • I know. It’s weird. But I’m more than happy to share my mishaps with the blogging world. Mostly for a laugh but, hey, look what happened here. I actually helped someone. πŸ˜‰ Go figure.


  5. Wow! I had no idea! That’s handy to know. Living in rural Ireland we dont get a very good internet connection at times, and this has sometimes caused me to lose posts… very frustrating! Now I know what to do! Thanks! πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

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    • Yes. Mistakes love company. And they love to be shared so people may laugh at them behind the screens but type, “Great tip!” πŸ˜‰

      I know. I couldn’t believe I found a way out. Also, I assumed everyone already knew this and the post would get five likes and I’d move on my merry way. *shrugs* Who knew?

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