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 Content Revisions Using Plugins

As soon as you update a post or page, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These are displayed in a Revisions section below your page or post …

WordPress revisions box - Post Editor screen

(Revisions list – Post Editor section)

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

Your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data

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

For example, if there are 100 posts on your site and each post has an average of 20 revisions your WordPress database could be storing around 2,000 copies of old data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 2,000 revisions of that post, the total space wasted is about 200MB.

Fortunately, there are some great plugins that can help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision WordPress Plugin)

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

After installing and activating the plugin, you can perform optimizations on your WP database.

Go to your WordPress Dashboard and click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WP Settings

(WP Settings – Better Delete Revision)

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

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions stored with each post entry, the plugin calculates and displays a table of post revisions stored in your database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Posts revisions

(Posts revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Click on the ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ button to remove all list items from your database, or cancel the process and exit the plugin …

Remove list of revisions

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Delete list of revisions)

The unnecessary post information will be removed from the WordPress database …

Post revisions cleared

(Post revisions list removed)

Useful Tip

As WordPress automatically stores your post revisions, the process will automatically start again (unless you have turned the feature off). After a while and depending on the amount of content you have published on your site and their related post revisions, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WP database as light as possible …

WordPress automatically begins to save all new revisions again!

(Post revisions automatically start being saved again!)

Like the other plugins listed further below, you can also use this plugin to optimize the WP database …

Keep your WP database optimized

(Keep the site’s database optimized)

The plugin checks to see if the database tables need to be optimized and runs a one-click table optimization routine without the need to log into your server panel or use technical software …

Better Delete Revision checks if your WP database needs optimization

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you remove unnecessary revisions of pages and posts (it also lets you keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click database table cleaning and optimization routine, it also lets you do the following optional maintenance tasks:

  • Delete trashed pages, posts, and comments
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’pingbacks’ and ‘trackbacks’
  • Exclude certain tables or specific pages/posts from optimization
  • Create a log file of the optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings Page

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin

(WP Optimize WP Plugin)

In addition to deleting unnecessary revisions of pages and posts and checking if the database tables need optimization, this plugin also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Remove trashed comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove all transient options
  • Clear out the post trash
  • Ability to retain data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization scheduling
  • See database table statistics
  • Receive email notifications on scheduled database cleanup
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings Page

(WP-Optimize – Settings Panel)

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
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphaned post meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WP-Sweep Plugin - Settings Page

(WPSweep – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

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 type in keywords like “Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …

Add Plugins - WordPress Plugins Menu

(Plugins Menu – Add Plugin)

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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WordPress And Google Analytics – How To Reduce Bounce Rate

Learn how to reduce “Bounce Rate” in Google Analytics without touching code in this step-by-step tutorial.

WordPress And Google Analytics – How To Reduce Bounce Rate

WordPress And Google Analytics - How To Reduce Bounce RateHave you got Google Analytics installed on your WordPress site?

If so, great! If not, you should definitely consider installing it. How will you improve results if you can’t track and measure what visitors are doing on your site?

If you need help installing Google Analytics on your WordPress site, then check out this tutorial:

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to reduce “Bounce Rate” in Google Analytics without touching code.

Before we do this, however, let’s quickly review what bounce rate is and why it’s important.

What Is “Bounce Rate”?

Here is the official definition given by Google Analytics …

A ‘bounce’ is a single-page session on your site. In Analytics, a bounce is calculated specifically as a session that triggers only a single request to the Analytics server, such as when a user opens a single page on your site and then exits without triggering any other requests to the Analytics server during that session.

Source: Google Analytics Support Docs

In simple terms, a ‘bounce’ happens when a visitor exits your website from whatever page they came in (called the ‘landing page’) without going to any other page on your site.

Google Analytics - Bounce Rate

(Google Analytics – Bounce Rate)

Here is another excerpt from Google’s Analytics blog …

Imagine you’re promoting a blog post that describes all the benefits of your company. The visitor might read the whole post and remember your company and products really well – they might even search for your product on one of the search engines straight away. However, since the visitor only looked at 1 page (exactly where the blog post is) they will be recorded as a bounced visitor.

Another example is if you have a description of your product right on the landing page, and your phone number on the same page. The visitor might study the description and call straight away – again, they will be recorded as a bounced visitor, as only 1 page was viewed.

Source: Google Analytics blog

Why Is Bounce Rate Important?

“Bounce rate” is one of the key metrics you can use to evaluate the quality of your traffic and your marketing strategy.

Google takes bounce rate into account when trying to decide how to rank your pages in its search results.

A high bounce rate can mean that:

  • Your site is not attracting the right type of visitors
  • Your site is not delivering a great user experience
  • Visitors aren’t finding your content to be relevant, enticing, or well-organized.
  • Visitors may feel confused about what to do when they land on your site and leave without going anywhere else on your site.

A high bounce rate, then, is something that needs to be addressed if you want to improve conversions. Your landing pages or content may need to be tweaked and your marketing strategy may need to be reviewed.

The lower your bounce rate, then, the better.

How To Reduce Visitor Bounce Rate

There are a number of ways to reduce bounce rate and improve conversions on your site.

For example, you can:

  • Target the right visitors (e.g. use the right keywords, better headlines, better meta descriptions, etc).
  • Improve the quality of your content (e.g. make it more compelling and engaging, add links to relevant posts and pages, etc.).
  • Make the content easier to read (e.g. clear sections, better formatting, sghorter paragraphs, bullet points, etc.)
  • Make your site easier to navigate (e.g. navigation menus in the header, footer, and sidebars)
  • Reduce distractions that will make visitors want to leave (e.g. don’t use annoying pop-up ads)
  • Have a clear call to action,
  • Speed up your page loading times,
  • Etc.

For help with the above, see our tutorials on content marketing and optimizing WordPress.

All of the above suggestions are things you can and should do over time to reduce bounce rate and improve conversions. There is, however, something you can do to start improving results immediately.

How To Reduce Bounce Rate – Quick Tip

Google Analytics calculates the time visitors spend on your site based on the length of time between when a user enters your site and their last page view.

This can affect your bounce rate stats.

For example, consider these scenarios:

  1. A visitor lands on one of your pages and spends 3 minutes and 31 seconds reading your content. They then leave your site. Even though they spent time on your site, they never interacted with it. Google considers this a bounce and records this as 0:00 time spent on site.
  2. A visitor lands on your site and spends 3 minutes and 27 seconds on the landing page, before visiting another page, where they stay for 4 minutes and 23 seconds. The visitor then leaves the site without any interaction on the page. Because Google doesn’t know how long the visitor stayed on the second page, it only records the time the visitor spent on the first page.

Google itself is aware of this issue and recommends fixing this using something they call “adjusted bounce rate,” where a small tweak is made to the Google Analytics code on your site.

Fortunately, someone in the WordPress developer community has solved this issue for non-techies by creating the plugin below.

Reduce Bounce Rate

Reduce Bounce Rate

(Reduce Bounce Rate)

Reduce Bounce Rate is a free plugin that tells Google Analytics every few seconds (default = 10 seconds) that a visitor is still on the page and that they are interacting with it. This will ‘unbounce’ your page and help Analytics reflect a truer picture of your site’s bounce rate and time on site …

(Bounce rate after installing the plugin. Source: Reduce Bounce Rate)

Plugin Installation

You can install the plugin easily through the WordPress dashboard (see our WordPress plugin installation tutorial if you need help installing plugins).

In the ‘Add Plugins’ screen, search for “reduce bounce” or “reduce bounce rate” …

Add Plugins screen

(Add Plugins screen)

Click on ‘Install Now’ …

Install plugin

(Install plugin)

After the plugin has been installed, click on ‘Activate’ …

Activate plugin

(Activate plugin)

The plugin is now activated on your site.

Plugin Usage

The plugin works right out of the box, so once the plugin has been installed and activated, there is really nothing else you need to do.

The plugin settings are located in the ‘Settings’ menu …

Settings Menu: Reduce Bounce Rate

(Settings Menu: Reduce Bounce Rate)

If required, you can change or adjust the plugin’s settings and options in the ‘Reduce Bounce Rate Options’ screen …

Reduce Bounce Rate Options

(Reduce Bounce Rate Options)

Some of the adjustments you can make in the plugin settings screen include:

  • Change tracking code type
  • Change code placement (e.g. footer, header)
  • Trigger events if user scrolls the page (or a percentage of the page)
  • Change the number of seconds before an event is fired (default is 10 seconds)
  • Change maximum tracking time of visitors on a single page.

Remember to save your settings if you make any changes.

For plugin support or more information, visit the plugin page here: Reduce Bounce Rate

That’s it! Add the plugin to your site and notice what happens to your bounce rate after a couple of days.

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Using Images In WordPress – How To Reduce Image File Size In Your Server

Learn how to create and save images correctly, how to reduce your images without compromizing image quality and how to optimize the size of your image files to keep your site running smoothly.

Using Images In WordPress – How To Reduce Image File Size In Your Server

Using Images In WordPress - How To Reduce Image File Size In Your ServerImages uploaded to the WordPress Media Library are stored in your server.

If your website uses lots of images or you run an e-commerce site using an application like WooCommerce, for example, your site may have to store hundreds or even thousands of product images.

Uploading loads of images to your server can lead to an excessively large image folder. This can cause your site to exceed its hosting quota, create problems with backups, slow down page loading times, and cause a number of other issues.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to create and save images correctly, how to reduce your images without compromising image quality and how to optimize the size of your image files to keep your site running smoothly.

Using Large Image Files On Your Website

If you plan to use large image files or lots of images on your website, we recommend not uploading and storing these in your WordPress installation, but using a cloud storage service like Amazon S3, Dropbox, etc. instead and adding the image via the Add Media ‘Insert from URL’ tool …

Use an external storage service for adding large images to WordPress!

(Use an external storage service for adding large images to WordPress!)

To learn how to use the Add Media ‘Insert from URL’ tool, see this tutorial:

Depending on the applications you have installed on your website, you may have no other option but to upload and store images in your Media Library.

In this case, you have to make sure that you are not uploading images that are larger than necessary …

These images are way too large!

(These images are way too large!)

Let’s see why this is a problem …

Media File Management

Images, videos and other media uploaded to your website are normally managed through the WordPress Media Library …

WordPress Media Library

(WordPress Media Library)

Your media settings are configured in your Media Settings section. Here you can specify whether to store media uploads into month and year-based folders or not …

Media Settings

(Media Settings)

Once media files are added to the Media Library, they are then uploaded to your server and stored in your wp-content > uploads folder, which you can access using applications like FTP or via your cPanel’s File Manager

Media files like images are stored in your server

(Media files like images are stored in your server)

Uploading loads of large images (and other media files) to your Media Library, then, will cause your server’s disk storage to swell up in size …

Storing large media files in your server can cause loads of problems!

(Storing large media files in your server can cause loads of problems!)

Storing large media files in your server can lead to problems like backing up files and slow down your website’s performance when loading web pages.

Important

To avoid problems, large media files should be uploaded to the Amazon S3 account or an external service like YouTube (videos) and links to these files then embedded into web content using the WordPress Add Media tool.

Before we look at ways to reduce image file size, let’s go over some image file basics.

Image Specifications & Guidelines

You can avoid problems by setting out specifications and guidelines for using images in your website.

These include:

  • Understanding image size vs image resolution.
  • Understanding different image formats and when to use these.
  • Specifications for digital and print images and understanding the difference between these.

Let’s briefly go through each of the above:

Image Size vs Image Resolution

Image size refers to the dimensions of an image and is usually expressed in terms of pixels or points.

Image resolution refers to the number of pixels that can fit inside a specific area of a screen or printed surface and is normally expressed in terms of pixels per inch (ppi) or dots per inch (dpi).

For example, the dimensions of the image below are 680 pixels wide x 400 pixels tall …

Image Dimensions

(Image Dimensions)

Using an image editing tool like Photoshop, we can see that the resolution of this image is 72 pixels per inch …

Image Resolution(Image resolution) 

Images for printed publications (e.g. magazines, brochures, etc.) need to be high resolution (e.g. 300 dpi), but most computer screens work really well with low resolution images (72-96 dpi). This includes images like photos, screenshots, logos, etc.

Errors using images occur when confusing image size with image resolution. You can have a very large image with a low resolution (which will not work for print – images will become pixelated), or upload high-resolution images to your website, which will significantly and unnecessarily increase the size of your server’s database.

Image Format

Common formats used for saving images for use in websites include .jpg, .png, and .gif.

For practical purposes and simplicity’s sake, here’s a good commercial rule of thumb when deciding on which image format to use:

  • Save most images as .jpg unless your images need to have a transparent background.
  • If you want your image to have a transparent background, save it as a .png.
  • Animated images (e.g. advertising banners) are normally saved as a .gif.

You can learn more about different image formats here.

Digital Image Specs

If you plan to work with a large number of images that must be uploaded to your Media Library and stored in your WordPress installation (e.g. product images in WooCommerce), then follow the specs below to ensure that your server’s disk space won’t become excessively large and difficult to manage:

  • Image File Size: Aim for image file sizes no larger than around 500 kb.
  • Image Resolution: 72-96 ppi.
  • Image Dimensions: Try keeping your maximum image width to 900 – 1280 pixels. Typically, a width of 600-800 pixels is sufficient for many product images and screenshots.
  • Image Format: .jpg (maximum quality), unless image requires a transparent background. If image requires a transparent background, then save as .png with transparency turned on.
  • Image Mode: RGB

Print & Display Advertising Image Specs

High-quality printing or display advertising (e.g. magazines) typically require high resolution images (e.g. 300 dpi) saved in CMYK image mode.

Tip

  • If creating images for logos or company artwork, create these as high resolution images in large sizes (e.g. 5,000 pixels wide) as these images will probably be used in print, but make sure to reformat these to digital image specs when using these in digital artwork or uploading to your website.
  • Always work from larger to smaller dimensions and from higher to lower resolutions. Reducing image sizes and resolutions will retain image quality but not the other way round (going from smaller to larger size or resolution will make image appear blurred or pixelated).
  • When creating images from scratch, set the dimensions and resolution before you start.

You can set image size and resolution in Photoshop using the Image > Image Size dialog box …

Photoshop > Image Size

(Photoshop > Image Size)

How To Reduce Image File Size

Before making any changes to images that have already been uploaded to your website and are currently being used in your content, do the following:

  • Back up your website.
  • Download folders containing images to your hard drive. If working in CPanel’s File Manager, compress and download a copy of the image folders to your hard drive.
  • Extract and make a copy of these image folders. We’ll edit images in these copied folders to make sure that nothing happens to the original files.
  • Create a folder inside your working images folder where you will edit and save images to (call the folder something like “reduce these”).
  • Select all large images above a certain file size (e.g. 500 kb) and copy these to your working folder.
  • Begin systematically opening and editing these images in an image editing application like Photoshop.
  • Save the edited image in your image editing folder.
  • Replace large file-sized images on your website with the smaller file-sized images you have just created.
  • After replacing all images on your website, review all pages to make sure that all images have been replaced correctly.
  • Delete large images from your server.
  • Go back to your website and check pages and content to make sure that no images are missing in your content.
  • Your files should now be significantly reduced in size.

If you can’t see image file sizes in your hard drive’s image folder, do the following:

Open up the folder in your hard drive containing your images, then right-click in your folder and select View > Details

Select View > Details

(Select View > Details)

Now you can see all image file sizes listed …

List of images displaying image file sizes

(List of images displaying image file sizes)

The next step is to start reducing each image to a smaller file size …

Convert .png images to .jpg to reduce file size

(Reduce each file to a smaller size)

Let’s take a look now at ways to reduce image file sizes.

Save Files As .Jpg

Images saved in .jpg format normally result in smaller file sizes than the same image saved in .png format …

For example, if we save our example image as a .png

Image saved as .png

(Image saved as .png)

And then save the same image as a .jpg (maximum quality) …

Image saved as .jpg

(Image saved as .jpg)

You can see that the .png file has a larger file size than the .jpg image…

The .png image is larger than the same image saved a .jpg

(The .png image is larger than the same image saved a .jpg)

Keeping this in mind, here’s something you can do if you have unnecessarily saved lots of image files on your website as .png instead of .jpg.

Convert .png Images To .jpg

Locate and open a large .png file from your working images folder using your image editor (e.g. Photoshop) …

Open a large .png file

(Open a large .png file)

For this example, we have selected an image that is over 3 Mb in size (3,160 kb). If we apply the image specifications from our earlier section to this image, we can see that:

  1. The file doesn’t need to have a transparent background. It can be resaved as a .jpg image.
  2. The image dimensions are larger than necessary.

We can reduce this image file size

(We can reduce this image file size)

Let’s save this file as a .jpg image first and see how much we can reduce the image file size by …

Save the file as a .jpg

(Save the file as a .jpg)

By changing the file format from .png to .jpg, we have significantly reduced the image file size (from 3,160 kb to 900 kb) …

Same image, different file image sizes

(Same image, different file image sizes)

This reduced image, however, is still almost twice as large as the file size specifications we have set for our images (no larger than 500 kb).

Now we have two options. We can reduce image file size by:

  • Reducing file size dimensions
  • Reducing image quality

Reduce File Size Dimensions

Let’s repeat the above process, but this time, we’ll reduce file size dimensions before saving the image as a .jpg.

First, select the image and open the  ‘Image Size’ dialog box (Image > Image Size in Photoshop) …

Image > Image Size

(Image > Image Size)

Change the image dimensions to reduce the image size and make it fit within your specifications …

Reduce image dimensions

(Reduce image dimensions)

Now resave the image as a .jpg and look at the resulting file size …

Same image has been significantly reduced in size

(Same image has been significantly reduced in size)

We have reduced the image file size significantly.

Info

Resizing image dimensions in your web pages will not reduce the file size of the original image in your server. To reduce image file size, change the dimensions of the original image, then replace the original image in your server with your edited image …

Resizing images on your page does not reduce image file size

(Resizing images on your page does not reduce image file size)

Reduce Image Quality

Depending on what you plan to use your images for, reducing image quality by a level or two won’t make that much difference to the final result …

.jpg Image Quality Settings

(JPEG Image Quality Settings)

For example, here is a .jpg image saved using maximum quality image optimization settings (100%) …

JPEG Settings - Maximum Quality 100%

(JPEG Settings – Maximum Quality 100%)

Here’s the same .jpg image saved using the next level down (Very High) …

JPEG Settings - Very High Quality 80%

(JPEG Settings – Very High Quality 80%)

Here’s the same .jpg image saved using the next level down (High) …

JPEG Settings - High Quality 60%

(JPEG Settings – High Quality 60%)

Here’s the same .jpg image saved using the next level down (Medium) …

JPEG Settings - Medium Quality 30%

(JPEG Settings – Medium Quality 30%)

Here’s the same .jpg image saved using the next level down (Low) …

JPEG Settings - Low Quality 10%

(JPEG Settings – Low Quality 10%)

Although there’s not that much difference in the images, the difference in file sizes can be significant …

Same image different JPEG quality settings

(Same image different JPEG quality settings)

In addition to the above, you can also use the methods below to reduce image file size:

Crop Unnecessary Image Areas

If there are any excess areas around an image that are not required or essential, consider cropping the image to reduce image file size …

Crop excess areas around images to reduce file size

(Crop excess areas around images to reduce file size)

Check Image Resolution

Check to see if any large images uploaded to your website have been saved using a high image resolution and change the settings to reduce image file size …

Images for use in web content don't need very high resolutions

(Images for use in web content don’t need very high resolutions)

Using some or all of the above methods can significantly reduce the file size of your stored images …

Image file sizes can be significantly reduced to improve your website

(Image file sizes can be significantly reduced to improve your website)

Image Compression Plugins

In addition to using the methods described above to reduce image file size, if you have loads of images uploaded to your WordPress media library, we also recommend looking at image compression and optimization plugins.

WP Smush

Smush Image Compression and Optimization Plugin

(WP Smush Image Compression and Optimization Plugin)

WP Smush scans images that you upload (or have already added) to your site and automatically resizes, optimizes, and compresses these, removing unnecessary data before adding it to your media library.

This plugin strips hidden bulky information from your images and reduces file size without losing image quality.

WP Smush automatically optimizes images uploaded to WordPress

(WP Smush automatically optimizes images uploaded to WordPress)

For more information or to download the plugin, go here: Smush

We hope that you have found this information on resizing image file sizes useful. For more help on using images in WordPress, see the tutorials below:

How To Reduce Image File Size In Your WordPress Database

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