Skip to main content

Deleted Pages Are Not Recoverable, Like Posts

Blog owners occasionally delete blog content, and later change their mind.
How do I recover a post, after I deleted it from my blog?
Sometimes, knowing the URL - or at least the title - of a post, we can retrieve the post from the Blogger database. In other cases, it may be possible to retrieve post content from a cached newsfeed.

Some blog owners like to construct a blog using static pages - and this presents a bit more of a challenge, when a static page is deleted.

Searching for a deleted static page is not the same as searching for a deleted post.

Static pages are not easily searchable - nor are they cached, as often. They are called "static", for a reason.
  • They don't appear in newsfeeds.
  • They generally don't appear in sitemaps.
  • They can't be indexed using Blogger direct searches.

Static pages don't appear in newsfeeds.
Blog posts appear in the "blog posts feeds". There is no "blog pages feeds", because static pages are not designed to appear in newsfeeds.

Static pages generally don't appear in sitemaps.
Blogger provides the pages sitemap, for optional use. Not many blog owners will host significant amounts of content, that needs indexing, on static pages. Many blog owners (I am one) host content that is not intended for indexing, using static pages.

Static pages can't be indexed using Blogger direct searches.
Static pages do not use labels - so they cannot be indexed in the "/search" section of the blog structure. If you want to search static pages, you'll have to use a cached / custom search.

The bottom line.
If you host significant blog content on a static page, it may be indexed in a cache - but it will, most likely, be indexed less frequently. Let's examine this example, from The Wayback Machine.

The static page was cached 5 times. The blog, in general, was cached 16 times.


The static page was cached 5 times.

The earliest copy would be 2013, and the latest 2014.



The blog was cached 16 times.

The earliest copy would be 2012, and the latest 2015.


When you retrieve deleted content, you want to retrieve the most recent usable copy of the content. Content cached 16 times is significantly more likely to produce a usable copy, than content cached 5 times. And any copies made in 2015 will be more up to date, than copies in 2014.

And the Wayback Machine has not been known to have every blog and website cached. If there's no cache, we might have to look at cached blog feed - and blog feed is only available for posts. Static pages are not published, in the blog posts feed.

All in all, if you ever need to recover deleted blog content, you're going to have a better chance of success if the content was a post - and not a page.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

What's The URL Of My Blog?

We see the plea for help, periodicallyI need the URL of my blog, so I can give it to my friends. Help!Who's buried in Grant's Tomb, after all?No Chuck, be polite.OK, OK. The title of this blog is "The Real Blogger Status", and the title of this post is "What's The URL Of My Blog?".

Leave Comments Here

Like any blogger, I appreciate polite comments, when they are relevant to the blog, and posted to the relevant article in the right blog. If you want to ask me a question thats relevant to blogging, but you can't find the right post to start with (I haven't written about everything blogger related, yet, nor the way things are going I don't expect to either), ask your questions here, or leave an entry in my guestbook.

As noted above, please note my commenting policy. If you post a comment to this post, I will probably treat it as a "Contact Me" post. If you have an issue that's relevant to any technical issue in the blog, please leave a comment on the specific post, not here. This post is for general comments, and for non posted contact to me.

If the form below does not work for you, check your third party cookies setting!

For actual technical issues, note that peer support in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, or Nitecruzr Dot Net - Blogging is, almos…

What Is "ghs.google.com" vs. "ghs.googlehosted.com"?

With Google Domains registered custom domains becoming more normal, we are seeing one odd attention to detail, expressed as confusion in Blogger Help Forum: Learn More About Blogger.My website uses "ghs.google.com" - am I supposed to use "ghs.googlehosted.com", instead?It's good to be attentive to detail, particularly with custom domain publishing. This is one detail that may not require immediate attention, however.