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Editors »Post and Page Revisions

WordPress.com stores 25 revisions for each post or page on your blog. Revisions allow you to revert to an earlier version of a page or post.

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Viewing Revisions
Comparing Revisions
Restoring Revisions
Who Can See Revisions
Restoring Part of a Revision
WP Admin Revisions

The Revisions screen shows any backup copies of your post or page. Each time you save a draft or Update, a revision is saved. WordPress.com will store the last 25 revisions for each post or page on your blog. Revisions allow you to look back at the recent changes you’ve made and revert to an earlier version if necessary.


Viewing Revisions

  1. Go to My Site → Site Pages (or Posts)
  2. Edit the page or post you want to view revisions for.
  3. On the right side, under Document Settings, look for Revisions.

The Revisions module will not show until there are revisions to view.

Revisions - Document Settings

If you are using the Classic Editor, you can view your Revision History using the History link at the top of your editor.


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Comparing Revisions

To view your Revisions, click on a given revision in the revisions list on the right. Alternatively, you can use the j and k keys on your keyboard for keyboard navigation. The changes in each revision will be highlighted in blue (for additions) and red (for deletions):

Revisions - Comparing Revisions Unified View
Comparing Revisions – Unified View

Clicking the Split button will allow you to view the revisions with deletions on the left, and additions on the right.

Revisions - Viewing Revisions - Split View (1)
Comparing Revisions – Split View

When you view a given revision, it will show a comparison with the revision immediately previous to it.


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Restoring Revisions

To restore a previous version of a page, select the desired revision, then click on the Load button at the bottom.

Clicking the Load button loads the selected revision into the editor. In order to keep the changes, you will need to save the draft, or Update the page.

Revisions - Load Revision
Load Revision

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Who Can See Revisions

All administrators and editors on your blog can see all post revisions. Authors can see post revisions for any post they have authored (which are the only posts they’re able to view on the homepage). Contributors can see post revisions on their drafts.


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Restoring Part of a Revision

You can copy parts of revisions into your current document. Highlight the part of the revision you want to recover, click Cancel to close the Revisions window, and paste the part of the revision into your document.

Copying part of a revision can be messy, since the revision shows the HTML code as well as the text. You may want to try pasting the revision text into an HTML block, or switching a block to HTML before pasting the text.

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