Use the WordPress Revisions Option in the Gutenberg Editor

One of the features that WordPress provides is an option called Revisions. Using it in the classic WordPress editor is fairly simple, and it is just as easy in the Gutenberg editor. We will show you how to use the WordPress revisions option in the Gutenberg editor using an example post created with the new editor.

Using Revisions in the Gutenberg Editor

The Revisions option lets you go back and look at an older saved version of your post or page. It is a form of automatic backup that WordPress provides, but only after the post or page has been saved. Note that although this feature is a backup of your post or page, we still recommend that you perform regular site backups to insure that you can recover your WordPress site in the event of an emergency. This option will only work with a post that has been previously saved. Follow the steps below to see the Revision options using the Gutenberg editor.

  1. Log in to the WordPress Administrator if you are not already in it.
  2. Select Post to EditGo to your page or post and click on Edit (using the Gutenberg editor).
  3. Gutenberg sidebarWhen you are looking at your page or post, you will see a sidebar on the far right of the window. At the top right corner of the window you will see Revisions. Typically, there is a number there that will tell you how many revisions. Click on the bar that holds the Revisions label.
  4. Revisions compare screenOnce you click on Revisions you will brought to the Revisions compare screen. You can compare revisions of the post or page that you’re reviewing. The version of the page or post on the right will be the most current version. The revision time and date will be labeled at the top left above the displayed post/page. In the top middle of the page is a slider that you can move left or right. Slide it left to select a specific revision. Note that you have the option to compare any two revisions. To do this click on the checkbox in the right corner labeled “Compare any two revisions.”
  5. Restore this revisionOnce you have selected the revision you wish to restore, click on the blue button in the top right corner labeled, “Restore This Revision.”
  6. option to select other revisionsAfter you click on the restore, you will immediately be returned to the editor and the post or page you selected will be displayed. If you feel that you have not selected the incorrect revision, you have the option of selecting a correct revision. The versions of the page or post revisions will be listed below the post or page that you restored.



That completes our tutorial on using the Revisions option in the Gutenberg editor. To find out more about using the Gutenberg editor, check out our guide on how to use blocks in the Gutenberg editor.

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