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.

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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.

Post/Page Revision Management Using Plugins

As soon as you create, edit, and save posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These appear in a Revisions box below the post editor …

Post Editor section - The revisions box

(Post Editor section – Viewing the WordPress revisions box)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt functions that help create a more productive workflow. If you write or edit extensively, however, 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 post revisions accumulate, your WordPress database could be storing lots of unnecessary data

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

For example, if you have 100 posts published on your site with an average of 10 revisions each your WordPress database could be storing up to 1,500 copies of old data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 1,500 post revisions, the total space wasted is about 150MB.

The good news is that there are several plugins for WordPress available that can help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision)

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

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

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to your navigation menu and select click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - Settings

(Better Delete Revision – WP Settings Menu)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click the ‘Check Revision Posts’ button to calculate how many redundant post revisions you can safely delete from the database …

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions associated with each post entry, the plugin return a list of revisions stored in the WP database …

Posts revisions list - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Posts revisions list)

Click on the ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ button below the list to clear all items from the WP database, or abandon the process and exit the plugin with all post revisions undeleted …

Delete posts revisions list

(Remove posts revisions)

The redundant items will be deleted from the WordPress database …

List of post revisions removed - Better Delete Revision

(List of post revisions deleted)

Tip

As WordPress automatically saves your post revisions, the process will automatically start again. After some time has passed and depending on the amount of content you have published on your site, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WordPress database as lean as possible …

WordPress automatically begins to save all new revisions again!

(WordPress will automatically begin storing your new revisions again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to keep the site’s database optimized …

Better Delete Revision - Optimize your database

(Better Delete Revision – Optimize your database)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your database needs to be optimized and lets you perform an easy one-click WordPress database table optimization routine that does not require you to log into your hosting control panel or mess with technical applications …

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

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin)

OptimizeDatabase not only can be used to delete unnecessary page and post revisions (with the added option of keeping a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click cleaning and optimization maintenance routine, it also lets you perform database maintenance tasks like:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin

(WP Optimize WP Plugin)

In addition to removing unnecessary revisions of posts and pages and checking if the WordPress database tables need optimization, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Remove trashed comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site anywhere, anytime)
  • Remove all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • 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 schedules of optimization
  • View database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • E-mail notifications on scheduled database cleanup
  • Marks dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize Plugin - Settings

(WP-Optimize – WordPress Plugin Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress

(WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphan term meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP-Sweep - WordPress Plugin Settings

(WP-Sweep – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

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

Add New - Plugins Menu

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New)

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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