Undoing in WordPress Elementor: An Easy Guide
As a website builder, the WordPress Elementor plugin is a preferred option for users who want to take control of designing their website layout without coding knowledge. Elementor has a very user-friendly interface that allows you to drag-and-drop elements on to the website while you’re in the live mode. Despite its intuitive interface and a range of tools, there are moments when you may perform an action by mistake or need to undo a previous action. Unfortunately, WordPress Elementor does not come with an undo button. Undoubtedly this may cause you to feel frustrated, specifically if you’re a beginner. This article will provide keen information on how to undo in WordPress Elementor.
Understanding the History of Actions
Before we can talk about how to undo in Elementor, it’s important to be aware of the History list of actions. The WordPress Elementor plugin keeps track of each action taken, thus establishing a chronological record of what you have done. This option is significant when it comes to undoing a specific action or set of actions. It’s good to know that the History panel is organized as follows:
- Actions will begin recording the moment you start working on the website by entering the editing mode.
- Actions are saved automatically once you do something like change the font style, color, add new elements, etc.
- You will notice all saved actions on the side of the WordPress Elementor interface marked with an arrow.
- The number written in the circle next to the arrow indicates how many actions were recorded up incoming to the current action.
For instance, as illustrated in the image below, the current action is to edit the background of the testimonial section. It shows that nothing was saved in the history and it’s your first action since editing the page.
The History panel allows you to preview and revert the website to the state of previous actions quickly. We have outlined an easy guide of how you can undo your actions using the WordPress Elementor panel.
How to Undo in WordPress Elementor
1. Revert to the Previous Action/Version
If you made an error on the website, using the history panel to go back to your last saved action is a straightforward and convenient approach. Here’s what you need to do:
- Click the arrow key in the top left corner of the editing panel to view the history panel.
- Check to see what changes you’ve made or which specific step you would like to revert to.
- Hover over or click on any action from the list of recorded actions.
- A visual representation of the action will be highlighted on the website indicating if you want to revert to that specific position.
- Click the ‘Revert’ button to make it your current version, and your site will be reverted to that point.
- Repeat this action every time you wish to go back to a previous action.
The downside with reverting to a previous version is that you will lose work to this point. You will have to redo any changes made to the website. To avoid this, one can use the second option.
2. Creating a Duplicate (Copy) of the Page
The duplicate version is an excellent way to create a backup version of the existing page, which can be edited freely. Before performing any action, it’s advisable to make a backup copy of the page of your work for future referencing. The copy will assist you if you make a mistake that needs undoing. Follow these easy steps to create a duplicate:
- On the Elementor editing panel, click on the hamburger icon in the top left corner.
- From the list of options displayed, click on ‘Save as Template’.
- Name the duplicate version and click the publish button.
- A new page will appear, and you can make any further changes.
- You can access the duplicate version from the ‘My Templates’ category of the Elementor Library.
The duplicate version is essential when making major changes that you’re unsure about, for example, deleting content, columns, or sections from a website. It also protects work that you don’t wish to discard while still making substantial changes.
In conclusion, WordPress Elementor is a simple, effective plugin that helps design websites as per desired requirements. Unfortunately, there is no single undo button available for reversing unwanted actions, but the history panel has made it relatively easier. This feature allows you to track and view what you have changed on the website and go back to previous versions by reverting them or creating duplicate versions. These methods provide quick and easy solutions to undo any unwanted action using WordPress Elementor without any difficulty.