We've been advising anxious blog owners, for some time, how to recover deleted pages and posts. The easiest solution, in the long run, is to recover the PageID / PostID, and re publish the deleted page / post.
When the deleted page or post cannot be re published, the next option is to re build the page / post, possibly using feed cache.
Using this technique, you'll have to reformat the post content, as feed content is formatted relatively simply. When you publish the post, it will publish as a new post, with a new URL - so any external references to the missing post URL will still be broken.Thanks to the recently offered Custom Redirects option, though, we can make this latter choice slightly less undesirable.
When a deleted page or post has to be rebuilt from the beginning, the classic prognosis was not good.
- The content is retrieved or rewritten, then re formatted.
- The page / post is re published, but under a new URL.
- The readers, and the search engines, adjust to the new URL being used.
404 Not Foundfor the deleted page / post.
Given enough determination and time, the blog owner can get through issues #1 and #2 - but issue #3 is the gift that just keeps on giving. Using Custom Redirects, though, that does not have to be the case.
It's a simple solution - and your readers and the search engines don't have to do anything unusual.
- Rebuild the page / post, using a carefully chosen Title / URL.
- Add a Custom Redirect.
- From: The deleted (previously published) URL.
- To: The new (re published) URL.
- The readers, and the search engines can view the re built page / post contents using the old URL - and update their record of the URL, as convenient to them, to point to the new URL. And the page / post never goes offline.