Writing & Editing

Deleted Posts and Pages

The Trash feature allows you to remove items without permanently deleting them. If you have previously moved an item to your trash folder, you can restore it within 30 days from the time the item was trashed. After 30 days the posts in trash will be automatically permanently deleted.

This guide covers potential ways to recover content that has already been deleted from Trash.

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If Another User Deleted the Post or Page

If an item has been permanently deleted from your site by an authorized user, there is no way to recover it. Be very careful when permanently deleting anything from your site, and assign the proper user role for sites with multiple users.

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Recover a Post or Page Using Google's Cache

You might be able to recover a post or page using Google’s cache.

If your site is public and the post/page has been published long enough for Google to index it, you can try the following steps:

  1. Go to http://www.google.com
  2. Submit a search for the post/page URL or a combination of your blog’s URL and the post/page title.
  3. If you receive a matching result, move your cursor over the result so the two right-facing arrows appear, hover over the double arrows, then click the Cached link:
Image showing where the Cached link will appear within Google search results
The Cached link within Google search results

If this displays a recent version of the post/page, you can then copy and paste it into a new post or page.

On a related note, if you’re trying to recover a post, you might also want to change the Published date to match the date for the cached post, which you can do from the Publish module. (You can see Schedule a Post for details.) Plus, you can edit the post slug so it matches the original post URL.

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Recover a Post or Page Using the Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive is an online library containing billions of snapshots of websites taken since 1996. You can use the Wayback Machine to access past snapshots of a site, and you might be able to recover deleted content this way.

Visit the Wayback Machine and enter the URL of the deleted post or page (or your site if you don’t have the exact link). If your site is in the archive, you will be able to see available snapshots sorted by date. Select a snapshot to view your site as it looked on that date.

Note that there is no guarantee your site will be in the archive. Private sites and sites that are hidden from search engines will not have any snapshots.

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Deleted Content from your Editor

If you have accidentally deleted content from your editor, you can try these two undo commands:

  • CTRL+Z (Windows)
  • CMD+Z (Mac)

This may not work in every situation, so your other option is our Post Revisions feature.

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