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 create, edit, and save posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These show up in a Revisions list below the content editor …

Revisions box

(Viewing the revisions list – Post Editor screen)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt features that help make work more productive. If you write extensively, however, the number of revisions can start building up. This can significantly grow the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to manage your revisions.

Post revisions can really add up after a while

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

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

The good news is that there are various free plugins that can help you control and manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are a few of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress

(Better Delete Revision WP Plugin)

Better Delete Revision deletes redundant revisions of posts from your database as well as other revision-related content like relationships, tags, meta data, and more.

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can optimize your database without having to log into your server.

In the main menu section of your administration area, choose Settings > Better Delete Revision

Settings Menu - Better Delete Revision

(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 deleted from your WordPress database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

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

List of revisions

(List of revisions)

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

Delete list of post revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Remove list of revisions)

The unnecessary data will be deleted from your database …

List of revisions cleared - Better Delete Revision

(Revisions cleared)

Tip

As WordPress automatically saves your new post revisions, the process will automatically start again (unless you have turned the feature off). After a while, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as light as possible …

WordPress automatically begins saving your new post revisions again!

(Revisions automatically start again!)

Like the other plugins listed in this section, you can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize your site’s database …

Keep the database optimized - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Keep the WordPress database optimized)

The plugin checks to see if the WordPress database needs to be optimized and runs an easy one-click optimization maintenance routine that does not require you to log into your hosting control panel or mess with technical applications …

Better Delete Revision checks if the database needs optimization

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

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision Plugin

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)

The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to prune unnecessary revisions of posts and pages (it also lets you keep an ’x’ amount of the most recent revisions) and checks if your WordPress database needs optimization, it also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Delete trashed comments, pages, and posts
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’orphan post meta items’
  • Exclude selected pages/posts and tables from optimization
  • Create a log file of the optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings Panel

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin – Settings)

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

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

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

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Remove stale metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove transient options
  • Clear out post trash
  • 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 (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • Receive email notifications after automatic database cleanup
  • Marks dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize WP Plugin - Settings Panel

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here: WP-Optimize

WP Sweep

WP Sweep Plugin

(WP-Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphaned comment meta
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WPSweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WPSweep WP 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
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

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

Add New Plugins - WordPress Plugins Menu

(Plugins Menu – Add 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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