Working with Snapshots

Snapshots are a response to so many of our customers wanting a simple way to revert back to previous work without having to take a database backup and restore that. It also offers a way for you to test different things out: just take a snapshot of each and switch between to test out the differences.

How To Use Snapshots

First click the Snapshots link/button at the top of the Visual Editor. This is available in Grid and Design Modes.


To save a snapshot, click “Save snapshot”. To delete a snapshot, hover over the snapshot name, an X appears that allows you to delete a snapshot.


Things to Know

  • The Visual Editor automatically saves a snapshot after every save to protect your work. It also automatically saves every 15 minutes but it only saves a maximum of one (1) snapshot in a 15 minute period.
  • Automatic snapshots are saved with the date and time as the name and no description. Manual snapshots prompt you for a description so you can easily identify it.
  • Once you provide a description of a snapshot, you cannot edit it (yet!). In the future, we’ll look at adding the ability to rename snapshots and edit the descriptions.
  • Snapshots are not deleted automatically. You must do so manually.

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2 Responses

  1. Hey Jamie,

    Thanks for this post and snapshots look like they will be handy. It would be really usefull to have a more detailed explanation of what snapshots can and perhaps more importantly can’t do.

    As you are aware – as you and Gary helped me – I had a an issue the other day where the accidental resizing of a graphic altered the positioning of some of my blocks. In my panic – I had a client coming to look at their new wireframe that evening – I tried to roll back using snapshots but it did not resolve the issue.

    I am guessing that snapshots wont take one back to previously sized images or versions of text? Is this correct? Perhaps a tut diving into these and other new features could be someting for Corey to work on at HW101 or you at HW Tuts?


    • Snapshots only save what is in the Visual Editor so they will not save your Headway or WordPress settings.

      I’ll try to find your thread so I can refresh my memory on what your issue was. If it’s something that should be added to this post, I definitely will add that. Thanks for the input 🙂

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