Lost edits to a blog post
I lost edits to a blog post that I made last night. When I went to preview the post this morning, I got a strange message “are you sure you want to do this?” I didn’t know what that meant, so I clicked it. The post still didn’t show up. I went back to edit the blog and the whole post was there. I clicked “Save Draft.” I still couldn’t get the post to preview, so I shut down my browsers. When I returned to edit my post, I had lost all revisions that I’d made the night before. Can you help me get them back??
Blog url: http://canilearntopaint.wordpress.com/
The blog I need help with is canilearntopaint.wordpress.com.
If you created that posts using the “Add New” on the main page for wordpress.com here http://wordpress.com/#!/post/ then what you describe can happen and worse still the post revisions may be lost and may not be recoverable.
If you created the post in your dashboard here > Dashboard > Posts > All Posts > Add New then you may be able to recover an earlier post revision.
Go to Posts > All Posts, hover over the title of the post, click Edit and check the Post Revisions module for previous saved versions of the post. http://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/post-revisions/
If you’re not seeing the Revisions module while on the editor screen, click Screen Options (top right corner of your Admin page) http://en.support.wordpress.com/screen-options/ to activate it. Then select the post and page modules to include them. http://en.support.wordpress.com/modules/#list-of-modules Then you ought to be able to go here > Dashboard > All Posts > Posts and locate the post and recover it from post revisions.
If you cannot locate the post for locating and restoring a post revision, and it’s not in your Trash folder then you will not be able to recover it. http://en.support.wordpress.com/trash/#restoring-from-trash
1. Create posts and pages ONLY on your own blog’s dashboard.
2. When you start a new post, add the title, set it to private and then publish it. When you are done with the post edit it to update it and set it back to publish.
3. The other choice is to get and use an offline blog client such as Windows Live Writer (Windows) or Ecto (Mac) and then everything is saved on your computer and when you are done with the post, you actually publish it directly from the blog client software. See here for offline blog editors so you don’t have to go through this again http://en.support.wordpress.com/xml-rpc
Timethief – Thank you so much for your quick and thorough guidance! I created the post using the dashboard and I was able to locate the revisions list within the post in question. Unfortunately, none of the revisions from my most recent edit show up, only revisions from the day prior.
It looks like I may have lost out on this one, and of course I am very frustrated by it. I’m wondering how it could have happened, though. As I was editing the post, I was clicking the save button regularly. I was clearly connected to the Internet, because I was going back and forth between the post and inserting photos.
I did get that rather strange message when I tried to access the post the morning after — page failed to load with a link that said something like, “are you sure you want to do this?”
Do you have any idea what could have happened?
I will look into offline blog editors.
I’m so sorry you couldn’t locate the more recent revisions. If you were logged in on the main page of WordPress.com and editing your post there there then that explains this as the auto save does not work there.
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