Writing & Editing

Trash

When you delete a post, page, or comment from your site, it will be moved to the Trashed folder. You have separate trash folders for posts, pages, and comments. This feature makes it easy to recover an accidentally-deleted post or page from your WordPress.com site.

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Items within your trash folders can be restored or permanently deleted within 30 days of their original trashing.

Moving a Post or Page to Trash

You can move a post or page to Trash directly from My Site → Posts or My Site → Pages. To delete the post or page, you need to click the three dots to reveal the Trash option:

From the three dots to the right of any post or page in the list, Trash is the last option.

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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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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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Moving a Comment to Trash

You can move any comment to your Trash from My Site → Comments. Locate the comment you want to delete and click on the Trash icon:

On any comment, the Trash button is the third from the left at the bottom of the comment.

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Permanently Deleting an Upload

You can permanently delete any upload from your Media Library. To do so, select the file(s) of your choice and click the Trash icon in the toolbar:

To delete media, select it from the Media Library, and the trash  icon is the last icon shown, next to Edit.

Note that unlike posts, pages, and comments, deletions from your media library are permanent and will not be moved to a trash folder.

Additional Info for Deleted Media
  • Currently, the direct web addresses to the files might continue to work for up to a few days, as they are cached.
  • The amount of free space in your blog may not change for a few minutes, so please be patient.
  • The amount of space freed may not drop until 500kb of images has been deleted. (1% of the 50mb is 500kb)
  • Images (and other media) that you delete from WordPress.com still may be cached by search engines. In those cases, you should contact the search engine directly to find out how to remove the images from their servers.

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Accessing your Trash

Posts, pages, and comments each have their own trash folders. This is where they are located:

  • Posts: My Site → Posts Trashed
  • Pages: My Site → Pages Trashed
  • Comments: My Site → Comments Trash

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Restoring from Trash

Enter the Trash folder of your posts, pages, or comments. Click on the three dots to reveal the menu. You will see an option to Restore the item:

When clicking the three dots from any Trashed page or post, Restore is the first choice.

The item should then be removed from the Trash, and you will receive a message that the restoration was successful: “Post successfully restored.”

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Permanently Deleting a Post or Page

To permanently delete a post or page, enter your Trashed folder and click on the three dots. You will see the option to Delete Permanently. You will be asked for confirmation that you want to delete the item.

Important: Once you choose to permanently delete an item, there is no way to recover or restore it!

If you need to recover an item that has been deleted (by another user, after 30 days), you can try the steps outlined in this document.

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Trash Collection

Please be aware that files in the trash are automatically deleted after 30 days.


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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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