Restore Versions or Deleted Pages

Recover/undelete a version of a page, or an entire 'tree' (a parent and all of its child pages) when the page has been deleted.

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Published May 16, 2022

Restore Page Content (UNDO)

If you just wish to restore recent changes you have made to a page that has not been deleted, try UNDO while editing the page.

This only applies to the last 20 changes made within the past 10 hours, and is subject to other factors, including your browser.

Restore a Version of an Entire Page

Saved versions of a page that has not been deleted can be retrieved from the Sites Console.

The UBCMS creates this record of your page when it is created, published, unpublished or deleted. (If the page is not modified, but is then republished, an additional version is NOT created.)

> Learn more about versioning

screenshot of Toggle Side Panel button.

Toggle Side Panel button

Select your page then click the Toggle Side Panel button and open the Timeline drawer.

Timeline will show recent significant events, including modifications, publication, Workflow, and created Versions. The latest changes are at the bottom. Click More... to deepen the view.

Click a Version to reveal these options:

  • Preview - Loads the page as it looked then.
  • Compare to Current - Loads the page as it looked then beside the current version, with changes marked. Click Close to return to the Sites Console.
  • Revert to this Version - Restores the page to the saved version (losing any newer modifications).
Versions are Created Automatically

A version of your page is saved automatically when it is created, published, unpublished or deleted. Except, if the page is not modified, but then republished, a new version is NOT created. > Learn more about versioning

Please note, Flex UI only saves the last five versions.

Restore a Deleted Page

Previously saved versions of a deleted page can be often restored from the Sites Console.  

If the page has not been deleted, we encourage you to first make a new version so you can return to the current version if needed (optional but recommended). > Learn more about versioning

Once a page is deleted, it can often be restored to a saved version. Use the Restore Version or Restore Tree tools to recover the deleted page in Author. (Try not to restore too much in the process!)

Restore a Page Version

This option restores a saved version of one page (not its children).

  1. Select the parent of the page you want to restore in the Filetree
    • e.g. to restore /content/www/research/some-page, click /content/www/research/
  2. Click the Restore tool in the Command Menu at the top of the window, then choose between Restore Version.
  3. From the choices offered, select the version you wish to restore. (Dates are displayed as DD-MM-YYYY.)
  4. Click the Restore button.
  5. If you change your mind, repeat steps 2-5 but select the most recent date.

Restore an Entire Tree

This option restores an entire page tree (a page and all of its children).

  1. Select the page you want to restore in the Filetree.
  2. Click the Restore tool in the Command Menu at the top of the Window and then Restore Tree.
    • This will list previous saved versions of the entire content tree.
  3. Select the page(s) you wish to restore. To restore multiple pages, choose a parent page—you will then get its children as well.
  4. Be thoughtful here -- don't restore too much!
  5. Press Restore. Your page(s) will immediately be returned into the file tree although you may need to click the refresh button to see them.

Restoration cannot be undone if you restore more than you intended and you may unexpectedly see lots of pages in addition to the specific few you were after.

Restore a Deleted Asset

There is no tool to restore a deleted asset like there is for webpages, but here is one possible solution.

A recent snapshot of your site is often captured on our QA Server. We cannot guarantee this will include the exact assets you are seeking to restore, or when the snapshot was last captured, but it is worth checking.

  1. Log into the QA Server (use your Author credentials).
  2. Navigate to your site's folder.
  3. Select one or more assets or an entire folder contents and click the Download tool in the Command Menu.
  4. This generates a zip file which you then download to your local computer.
  5. Unpack the zip file and upload the missing assets to your Assets folder in Author.

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