Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Using revisions, part of WordPress 4 Essential Training.
- If you choose to use WordPress as your primary content creation tool and you make frequent edits to posts before or after publishing them, the Revisions tool may come in handy. When you create a post on WordPress, the application will automatically save different versions of that post, and you can use the Revisions tool to scroll back and forth in time and compare those different versions, recover earlier versions, or lift out deleted content added back into your post. The Revisions tool can be accessed either from the Publish panel, where you can see it right here.
I currently have four Revisions. Or you can also scroll to the bottom of your screen, and you'll see there's a Revisions panel down here at the bottom below the Contents panel that shows you all the different Revisions and how long ago they were made. Either one of these will take you to the Revisions panels. If I click on Browse here, inside of Publish panel, I go to the Revisions view. Now, here you get to see the post, and you can see what has been changed between the current version and the previous one. So for example, you can see here I've removed this section, the one that's highlighted in red on the left-hand side, and then moved it up to a higher up point on the right-hand side.
If I go back in time, I can scroll down and see what else I've done. Here I added a link, so you can see the link is here, and it's not over here. You can keep scrolling back in time, and you'll see here I added some content, in this case I added a link. And finally, the first Revision shows I went from nothing to the actual article itself. Now, in addition to seeing the Revisions like this, one after the other, I can also check this "Compare any two revisions," and then compare two different Revisions to see what is going on and where things changed.
Now, this becomes useful either when you have a lot of Revisions, so maybe you've been working on article for a long time, or if you have more than one person working on an article at the same time. That way you can see a Revision between, for instance, one person editing the article, and another person editing the article, and can see what was changed. If you find something in a Revision that you maybe deleted and then want to add back, you can simply highlight that section, copy it, go back into the editor, and paste it in. On the other hand, if you've made an edit, like, for instance, that edit I made, the last edit here where I moved a section from down here to up here, and then decide that was actually the wrong thing to do, I shouldn't have done that, you can simply pull the Revision back one section and then click on Restore This Revision.
That will restore the post back to the state it was previously, and now my paragraph will be in the right place. The Revisions tool can be especially useful in situations where more than one person works on a post, or when you've made many edits and you want to make sure nothing got deleted. I do this myself a lot. I'll be writing a long post, and then I jump up and down a lot in the post, and I'll accidentally either highlight some content and move it to the wrong place, or highlight an entire paragraph instead of one sentence, and delete it, and then not notice until much later.
With the Revisions tool, I'll be able to go back in time and find the stuff that I deleted. Speaking of deletions, the Revisions tool also comes in handy when your computer shuts down or you get disconnected from the web while working on a post. As you saw previously in the course, because WordPress autosaves your work as you move along, when you get disconnected, you'll often get a message saying, "There is a more recent version of this post available." This is the Revision tool allowing you to travel forwards in time and recover things that were not even officially saved in your post, which is pretty neat stuff.
Note: This course covers an older version of WordPress, which features the Classic Editor. Watch this course only if you are using the Classic Editor plugin or using WordPress 4.9 or earlier. Otherwise, watch WordPress 5 Essential Training, which covers the new Block Editor experience.
- Creating posts and pages
- Formatting text
- Publishing and scheduling posts
- Adding images, audio, and video
- Bulk editing posts and pages
- Customizing themes and menus
- Using widgets
- Extending WordPress with plugins
- Editing users profiles
- Configuring settings
- Getting new readers
- Keeping WordPress up to date and secure
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know WordPress
What is WordPress?3m 30s
2. Getting Started
3. Creating Posts
4. Adding Images and Media
5. Creating Pages
6. Managing Content
7. Changing the Appearance of Your Site
8. Extending WordPress with Plugins
9. Users and User Profiles
10. Configuring Settings
11. Getting, and Interacting with, Readers
12. WordPress: Behind the Curtain
13. Maintenance and Security
Keeping up to date6m 59s
14. Diving Further into the World of WordPress
Going further with WordPress2m 29s
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