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 update your posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new revisions for the content in its database. You can see these displayed in a Revisions section at the bottom of your page or post …

Post Editor screen - The WordPress revisions box

(Revisions list)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt features that help create a more productive workflow. If you write or edit often, however, over time the number of revisions can start to build up. This can significantly bloat 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, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if there are 200 posts on your site and each post has 10 revisions your database could be storing around 2,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 2,000 post revisions, the total database space wasted is about 200MB.

Fortunately, there are some great plugins to 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 Plugin For WordPress

(Better Delete Revision Plugin)

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

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can use it to optimize your WordPress database.

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

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Settings Menu

(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)

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 the database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

A table of post revisions stored in your WordPress database will be returned on the screen …

Posts revisions list

(List of revisions)

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

Remove list of post revisions

(Better Delete Revision – Remove posts revisions list)

The unnecessary revisions will be cleared from the WP database …

Revisions list deleted

(Revisions deleted)

Tip

As WordPress automatically stores post revisions, the process will automatically start again. After some time has passed, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your database as light as possible …

WordPress will automatically begin saving all new post revisions again!

(WordPress will automatically begin storing all revisions again!)

Like the other plugins described in this section, you can also use this plugin to keep the database optimized …

Keep the database optimized

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Optimize your WP database)

The plugin checks to see if your database needs to be optimized and runs an easy one-click database table optimization routine without the need to log into your server control panel …

Better Delete Revision checks if your database tables need optimization

(Better Delete Revision checks if your WP 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 – WordPress Plugin)

OptimizeDatabase not only lets you remove unnecessary revisions of pages and posts (it also lets you keep an ‘x’-amount of the most recent revisions) and checks if the WordPress database tables need optimization, it also lets you do the following optional tasks:

  • Delete trashed comments, pages, and posts
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’pingbacks’ and ‘trackbacks’
  • Exclude certain tables or specific posts/pages from cleaning and optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP Optimize WP Plugin

(WP-Optimize)

In addition to performing tasks such as deleting unnecessary revisions of pages and posts and checking if your WordPress database tables need optimization, this plugin also lets you perform database maintenance tasks such as:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Removal of akismet metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove 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 optimization schedules
  • See database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • E-mail notifications on automatic database cleanups
  • Marks dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings Panel

(WP-Optimize Plugin – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

WP-Sweep WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphan term meta
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP-Sweep WP Plugin - Settings

(WPSweep Plugin – Settings)

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 …

Add New Plugins - Plugins Menu

(Add Plugin – 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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