How to Use Autosave and Revisions in WordPress To Manage Your Site

WordPress is really the only CMS application that I would use to run any website.  Today I wanted to talk about another reason why WordPress is still my number 1 choice when it comes to this.  Autossave, is a function built into WordPress that allows you to basically choose between two recent copies and select the correct one that you want to use.  Naturally when you are busy making changes to a blog post it sometimes happens that you may want to go back to a previous change default, the autosave function shows up on the most recent copy.  Now, you might have seen my post on revisions in WordPress a while ago and if you haven’t and need more information on this than click here to read it but regardless this article expands on the concept of understanding the autosave function in conjunction with how revisions work to roll back or review changes on an article in your WordPress site.

When you click on a copy in the “Revisions” section on your blog post you are brought to a page that shows the newest copy of your blog’s article and a list of revisions with date and time stamps as you can see.

Note: If you don’t see the “Revisions” section on your blog post don’t panic, simply go to the “Screen Options” and click the “Revisions” check box in order to see this section on your blog post.

Then when you click on the “Compare Revisions” button to compare the new “current revision” copy and an older “autosave” copy you will see a mash up of these two copies of your blog post and it allows you to look at them side by side in parallel, as you can see here…

If you are looking at two of the same copies, meaning that there have been no changes it will tell you that the two copies are identical however if there are differences it does a great job of pointing them out and mashing them up so that you can decide on which revision you want to use.  If you are running a WordPress site and looking to manage content changes then understanding this native functionality is key.  I hope this tip hopes you better manage your WordPress site.

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