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.

Managing Revisions – WordPress Plugins

As soon as you edit and save a page/post, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. These appear in a Revisions box below your content editor …

Post revisions box - Post Editor section

(Viewing the revisions list)

For most users, having functions like autosave and automatic revisions is undoubtedly very useful. If you write and edit a lot of content, however, the revisions can start building up. This can significantly increase the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to also be able to manage your revisions.

Post revisions can really add up after a while

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

For example, if you have 10 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 5 revisions you could be storing around 500 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 500 revisions, the total space wasted is about 50MB.

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

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin)

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

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

Go to the admin section and choose Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WP Settings Menu

(WordPress Settings – Better Delete Revision)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager panel. Click ’Check Revision Posts’ to calculate the number of redundant post revisions can be safely removed from your database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

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

List of post revisions

(Better Delete Revision Manager – List of revisions)

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

Remove list of post revisions

(Clear list of revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

The redundant revisions will be deleted from your database …

Post revisions list deleted

(Revisions deleted – Better Delete Revision)

Tip

As WordPress automatically stores post revisions, the process will automatically start again (unless you specifically turn the feature off). After a while and depending on the number of posts you have published on your website and their associated post revisions, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as light as possible …

WordPress automatically begins to save post revisions again!

(WordPress will automatically begin storing post revisions again!)

You can also use the plugin to keep your WordPress database optimized …

Keep the WP database optimized

(Optimize your site’s database – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WP database needs to be optimized and runs a one-click WP database optimization routine without requiring you to log into your hosting panel …

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

(Better Delete Revision checks if your database tables need to be optimized)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you prune redundant page and post revisions (it also lets you keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click table cleaning and optimization routine, it also lets you perform the following:

  • Delete trashed comments, posts, and pages
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ’pingbacks’ and ‘trackbacks’
  • Exclude selected posts/pages and tables from cleaning and optimization
  • Create a log file of the optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin

(WP-Optimize)

In addition to deleting unnecessary post and page revisions and checking if your database needs to be cleaned and optimized, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Remove stale unapproved comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site on the go)
  • Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to keep data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Option to add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization schedules
  • Display database table statistics
  • Receive email notifications on scheduled database cleanup
  • Displays dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize Plugin - Settings Panel

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Sweep – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to optimizing your database tables and deleting unnecessary post revisions, WP-Sweep also cleans up:

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

WP-Sweep - WordPress Plugin Settings Page

(WPSweep Plugin – Settings Panel)

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 “Manage Post Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

Plugins Menu - Add Plugins

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New Plugins)

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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