WordPress Plugins For Managing WordPress Post Revisions

In this tutorial, we look at a number of WordPress plugins that will help you manage your post revisions.

WordPress Plugins For Managing WordPress Post Revisions

WordPress Plugins For Managing WordPress Post Revisions

In a separate tutorial, we looked at the WordPress Post Revisions feature, where WordPress saves all your post revisions, so you can always go back to an earlier version of what you have written and restore it.

In this tutorial, we look at a number of WordPress plugins that will help you manage your post revisions.

Revision Management Using Plugins

As soon as you edit and update your pages/posts, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. These are displayed in a Revisions box at the bottom of your post editor …

Post Editor screen - The Revisions list

(WordPress post revisions list)

For most WordPress users, having access to functions like autosave and revisions is no doubt a great thing. If you write or edit extensively, however, the number of revisions can start building up. This can significantly bloat the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to be able to manage your revisions.

Your WordPress database could be storing lots of unnecessary data

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if there are 100 posts published on your site with an average of 10 revisions each your database could be storing an extra 1,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 1,000 revisions, the total database space wasted is about 100MB.

The good news is that there are some great WordPress plugins to help you control and manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision)

This plugin removes redundant revisions of posts from your database and other revision-related content such as tags, relationships, meta information, and more.

After installing and activating the plugin, the plugin can optimize your WP database.

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the main navigation menu and choose select Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - Settings

(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager panel. Click the ‘Check Revision Posts’ button to calculate the number of redundant post revisions you can delete from your WP database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

A list of post revisions stored in the WordPress database will display on the screen …

List of revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Posts revisions list)

Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ to remove all list items from the database …

Clear list of post revisions

(Delete list of post revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

The redundant post revisions will be cleared from the WP database …

Post revisions list deleted

(Revisions list deleted – Better Delete Revision)

Practical Tip

As WordPress automatically saves all new post revisions, the process will automatically begin again (unless you have chosen to turn the feature off). After a while, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WP database as light as possible …

Revisions automatically start being stored again!

(WordPress will automatically begin saving your revisions again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize your WP database …

Optimize your site's database - Better Delete Revision

(Keep the WordPress database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WP database needs to be optimized and lets you run an easy one-click optimization maintenance routine that does not require you to log into your hosting panel or use complicated tools …

Better Delete Revision lets you perform a one-click optimization routine

(Better Delete Revision lets you perform an easy one-click table optimization maintenance routine)

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to delete redundant revisions of posts and pages (with the added option to keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click table cleaning and optimization routine, it also lets you perform maintenance tasks like:

  • Delete trashed comments, pages, and posts
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ‘expired transients’
  • Exclude certain posts/pages and tables from cleaning and optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin - Settings Page

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here: Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress


WP Optimize Plugin

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

In addition to removing redundant page and post revisions and performing optimization maintenance routines, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for all published posts
  • Removal of unapproved comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to retain data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization schedules
  • View database table statistics
  • E-mail notifications on automatic database cleanup
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(WP-Optimize Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here: WP-Optimize


WP Sweep WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress)

WP-Sweep allows you to clean up unused, orphaned, and duplicated data in your database, including post revisions. This plugin cleans up:

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphaned term meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WP Sweep Plugin - Settings Screen

(WP Sweep WordPress Plugin – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here: WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress

Simple Revisions Delete

Simple Revisions Delete
Simple Revisions Delete – WordPress plugin

This lightweight and simple-to-use plugin lets you purge (delete) your posts revisions either individually or all at once.

Once the plugin has been installed and activated, for example, a ‘Purge’ link appears next to the Revisions section in your Publish box (and in other sections of your admin area) allowing you to safely delete revisions.

Publish box - Revisions: Purge link.
Click the Purge link to delete post revisions from your WordPress database.

For more details, go here: Simple Revisions Delete


WP Revisions Control
WP Revisions Control

This plugin lets you specify the number of revisions retained for each post type in the Settings > Writing screen.

WP Revisions Control Settings
WP Revisions Control Settings.

For more details, go here: WP Revisions Control

For more plugins that can help you manage post revisions and optimize your WP database, go to Plugins > Add New and type in keywords like “Manage Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

Plugins Menu - Add New Plugin

(Add New Plugin – WordPress Plugins Menu)

We hope that you have found the above information on plugins that will help you manage your WordPress post revisions useful.

WordPress Plugins For Managing WordPress Post Revisions


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