Revision History (Hidden) - new Google Sites
Find the different versions of your site and pages and site currently hidden in new Google Sites
Find previous versions of pages
- Edit the site and in your web browsers URL bar change the end of the URL from /edit to /preview (keep ?authuser= if it's present).
- Add to the end of the URL ?pageRevision= followed by a number (if you see ?authuser=x where x is a number in the URL add ?&pageRevision=y instead [y being a number, 2 or larger] ).
- Keep altering the pageRevision number until you find the page revision you want, then you can copy the content from the page. The first version of a page is always 2.
More useful information in the Notes below.
Find deleted pages
- Open the site preview from the site editor (or open your site using the /preview URL) and copy link from the site title.
- Open the copied site title URL in a new browser tab
- In the URL you can see the siteRevision= parameter and the number that follows it
- Alter the siteRevision number to a smaller number to see an earlier version of the site. The first version of a site is number 2.
- Keep altering the number until you see the page you want in the navigation and then you can visit the page and copy the content from the page.
- If you see a 500 error you have entered an invalid revision number, e.g. it's too high.
- Be aware that new Google Sites saves pages automatically at every single change, so the difference between one version and its immediate previous version may only be a single keystroke (almost every letter of every word you type can make its own version).
- These are all cumbersome hacks with URLs but it's a huge encouragement to see that each page revision is stored and we look forward to Google providing a front-end for this in new Google Sites.
- The revisions are only accessible by the /preview URL, so only site editors can access.