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 Plugins

As soon as you edit and save a post or page, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. You can see these displayed in a Revisions list below your page editor …

WordPress revisions box - Post Editor section

(The revisions list – Post Editor section)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt features that help create a more effective workflow. If you write a lot of content, however, after a while the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly bloat the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to manage your revisions.

As you write more posts on your site, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data

(As post revisions accumulate, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if there are 250 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 10 revisions your WordPress database could be storing around 2,500 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 2,500 revisions of that post, the total space wasted is about 250MB.

The good news is that there are various free WordPress plugins available to help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Let’s take a look at some of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision WP Plugin)

Better Delete Revision deletes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database and other database content belonging to each revision such as meta data, relationships, tags, and more.

After the plugin has been installed and activated, the plugin can optimize your WordPress database.

Log into your Dashboard and select Settings > Better Delete Revision

Settings - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Settings)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager panel. Click ’Check Revision Posts’ to calculate how many redundant post revisions you can delete from your WordPress database …

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

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

Posts revisions list - Better Delete Revision

(List of revisions)

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

Remove posts revisions list - Better Delete Revision

(Remove list of post revisions)

The redundant revisions will be removed from your WP database …

Revisions list deleted

(Revisions list removed)

Useful Tip

As WordPress automatically stores your new post revisions, the process will automatically begin again (unless you have turned the feature off). After some time has passed and depending on the amount of content you have published on your website, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WP database as light as possible …

WordPress will automatically begin storing your new post revisions again!

(Revisions automatically start being stored again!)

You can also use this plugin to optimize the site’s database …

Optimize your WP database

(Optimize your database)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WordPress database tables need optimization and provides a one-click optimization routine without requiring you to log into your server control panel or mess with technical software …

Better Delete Revision checks if your WP database tables need optimization

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you prune redundant page and post revisions (with the option of keeping a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click table optimization maintenance routine, it also lets you perform maintenance tasks such as:

  • Delete trashed comments, posts, and pages
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’orphan post meta items’
  • Exclude specific posts/pages and tables from optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:


WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin


In addition to performing tasks such as deleting redundant revisions of pages and posts and performing optimization maintenance, WP Optimize also lets you do maintenance tasks such as:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for all published posts
  • Removal of spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to keep data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • View database table statistics
  • Receive email notifications after scheduled cleanups
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress - Settings Page

(WP Optimize – WordPress Plugin Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphan term meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WP-Sweep - WordPress Plugin Settings Page

(WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress – Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

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

Plugins Menu - Add New Plugins

(Add New – 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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