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Wordpress ate my work. No revisions listed.

  1. I worked for hours on a post. My changes are gone. I am back to a much earlier draft. No revisions are appearing on the screen. The post in question:

    The blog I need help with is

  2. To clarify: no list of revisions shown below, and no "Revisions" option in Screen Options.

  3. I'm sorry to say that the likelihood you can retrieve the posts is zero if you created it here!/post/

    If and only if a missing post was created on the dashboard of your own blog at Dashboard > Posts > All Posts > Add New then you can recover a lost post or page from revisions if needs be. See here >

    But if it was created here!/post/ there is no means of recovery as the auto-save is not functioning there.

    Always create your posts on the dashboard of your own blog at
    Dashboard > Posts > All Posts > Add New
    The auto-save works there and the post will be Standard post format unless you change it.

    Do not create posts here >!/post/ where the auto-save is not working and where you are creating an Aside post format.

    Use an offline blog editor so you have backups on your own computer

  4. The draft post is visible in the Dashboard of my blog. That URL is the one given in my browser. Evidently it is misleading. I didn't create it; I just copied it.

    I have checked the sites you recommend. They assume that I have Revisions options and lists. That seems to be the problem: I don't.

  5. I'll tag this thread for Staff assistance. Please subscribe to the thread so you are notified when they respond and please be patient while waiting.

  6. Great! Thank you. I really hope I haven't lost that work.

  7. Hi raywoodcock, I see that you currently have that post open for editing. Do you mind if I take over that post so I can take a look at what's going on?

  8. You bet. Thanks. I'll close it now.

  9. Hi there,

    I took a look at the post you were working on. Can you let me know what steps you took, from starting the new post to when you last worked on it? Did you have any other draft posts open at the same time? Did you create any other new posts while you had this draft open?

    Sometimes having more than one draft open at once or leaving a draft open in your browser for a long time can lead to unexpected issues, so it will help me troubleshoot to have a sense of what steps you took while working on this post. Thanks!

  10. I did have other draft posts open at the same time. I'm sorry, but it's been days -- I don't remember the specific steps. I think I restarted the browser (IE), may have gotten a message that the previous session crashed and do I want to restore. I reopened several drafts, and when I got to this one, the previous work was gone and it was all munged into one paragraph. I think that's about all I can tell you. Thanks for your follow-up. I hope I can recover my most recent work. I haven't made any changes except to start to insert one paragraph break and then I stopped, awaiting order.

  11. Hi there, I'm sorry to say that I haven't been able to find the missing piece of your draft post. :( It sounds like what mostly likely happened was your draft was saved after you started writing it (that's the part of the post you have right now) and then either your internet connection was lost or the browser stopped working properly (or a combination) so the Autosave couldn't work.

    You can read about how Autosave works here: Autosave

    Unfortunately, based on the information I have I don't think there is any way for us to recover the missing part of your draft.

    Here are a few tips for avoiding this in the future:

    • Only keep one draft post open at a time, and close it when you are taking a break from writing.
    • After you start writing a post, save it as a draft and continue to save it at regular intervals. (This works in addition to the Autosave feature to ensure you don't lose any content.)
    • Keep an eye out for messages to recover drafts from your browser if your browser crashes while you are working. (You can learn more about this in the Browser Restore section at the link above.)
    • If you are worried about losing drafts, you can also try using an offline editor to compose your posts.

    If you have any other questions about this, please let me know.

  12. I appreciate your efforts. At the same time, I am not confident that the issues have been engaged here.

    What happened with my post is not merely that material was lost, though that is certainly not pleasant. It is that the post was also corrupted so that all paragraphs were merged into one. This has not been a pattern; it has been one of few if not the only time when I have experienced this on WordPress. It occurred after I had manually saved a previous draft with paragraphs breaks preserved.

    I had been saving my work as I went along. WordPress actually appears to have rolled back my draft to an earlier version. Something really weird happened to this post. It doesn't seem to have been related to editing multiple posts; I've been doing that for several years.

  13. Thank you for explaining further. You mentioned that the draft you have is an earlier version of what you wrote, but also that the paragraphs were merged into one. Just to make sure I understand correctly, the merged paragraphs are a formatting error but the content itself was not corrupted (although it is incomplete) — is that right?

    Based on the information you have provided so far, it sounds like an internet connection or browser error may have prevented your post from being properly saved while you worked on it. If the browser crashed while you had multiple drafts open, that could also have caused problems with restoring the drafts. However, it is hard to pinpoint the cause without knowing more about the specific steps you took while writing the post.

    I know it has been a while, but if you can answer any of these questions it could help:

    • Do you remember how you started the new post? (Did you use the New Post page or go to Posts > Add New in your dashboard?)
    • Did you publish any other posts while you were writing this one? Or do you remember what other drafts you had open at the same time?
    • Did you ever preview this draft post while you were writing it?

    Although I don't believe we can recover the content that was lost, I would be happy to continue investigating the cause.

  14. All of my post and page revisions -- I have over 900 posts and pages (draft and published) -- are missing as of yesterday. I began another thread before I found this one, here: There have been no replies yet.

    I ordinarily use post and page revisions frequently, and have never seen them disappear before.

  15. Hi musicdoc1, I see that you got help with this in the other forum thread you linked to. We will be updating the support pages about post and page revisions to reflect the recent change in the post and page editors. Thanks for pointing this out!

  16. For my part, Rachael, I do regret having to redo all that work. Some of it I will not be able to recover. But thank you nonetheless for trying to help.

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