LearnHow to Use WordPress Revisions to Go Back in Time

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If you’ve ever gotten your blog post overwritten by another author, you know how annoying it can be. Thankfully WordPress 2.6+ has a handy little feature called Revisions.

Here’s how it works …

Edit the post you’d like to restore to a previous version and scroll down to ‘Post Revisions’. Click on any of the past revisions (it doesn’t matter which one) …

Post Revisions screen in WordPress

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and choose the two versions you’d like to compare and click the ‘Compare Revisions’ button …

Compare Revisions button in WordPress

View the differences between the two revisions …

Screenshot of comparing the two versions

Scroll down the page and click ‘Restore’ on the correct version. Bam, you’re good to go.

Screenshot of the link to restore the right version

There is also a handy plugin to further control WordPress Revisions which allows you to set how many revisions are stored.

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  11. Alex Leonard on August 15, 2009 at 10:25 am said:

    You can also limit the number of post-revisions by adding a single line to your wp-config file:

    define(‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, 6);

    I’ve found myself doing this more and more often as I’ve never had the need to do more than go back one or two revisions (and that’s only happened once or twice) and not limiting the number of revisions does increase the size of your database an awful lot.

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