questions about items in wordpress trash

Hi,
Are items in trash auto deleted after a certain amount of time or do you need to manually delete the items? Can pages/posts in trash be viewed in the browser? Can something that is accidentally removed from trash be undeleted?

  • Adam Czajczyk

    Hi cornelius_butler

    I hope you're fine today!

    Are items in trash auto deleted after a certain amount of time or do you need to manually delete the items?

    They are automatically removed from trash after 30 days. Every item you trash will stay there for 30 days straight and will be automatically deleted after that time (counting from the day it was trashed).

    Can pages/posts in trash be viewed in the browser?

    No, unless they are restored they cannot be viewed - even by site admin - while they are in trash.

    Can something that is accidentally removed from trash be undeleted?

    No, once the item is deleted from trash, it cannot be recovered. It can't be "undeleted" regardless whether it was automatically cleaned up after 30 day or if it was deleted permanently on purpose or removed from trash by mistake/accident. Once it's deleted, it's gone for good and if you don't have any backup at hand there's no way to get it back.

    Kind regards,
    Adam

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