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 WordPress Plugins

As soon as you create, edit, and update posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. You can see these displayed in a Revisions section at the bottom of the page editor …

Post Editor section - The Post revisions list

(Post Editor section – Viewing the revisions list)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt functions that help make work more productive. If you write extensively, however, after a while the number of revisions can start building 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 on your site, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if there are 100 posts on your site with an average of 10 revisions each you could be storing an extra 1,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 1,000 post revisions, the total space wasted is about 100MB.

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

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)

Better Delete Revision deletes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database and other revision-related content such as relationships, tags, meta data, and more.

After installing and activating the plugin, the plugin can optimize your database without having to log into your server.

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

WP Settings Menu - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)

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

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions related to each post, the plugin calculates and returns a list of revisions stored in the database …

Posts revisions - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Posts revisions list)

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

Delete list of post revisions - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Remove posts revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

The unnecessary post revisions will be deleted from the WordPress database …

Revisions cleared - Better Delete Revision Manager

(List of revisions removed – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Useful Tip

After a while and depending on the number of posts you have published on your site, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WordPress database as light as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin to store all new revisions again (unless you specifically turn the feature off) …

WordPress will automatically begin storing your revisions again!

(WordPress automatically begins storing post revisions again!)

You can also use the plugin to keep the site’s database optimized …

Keep the site's database optimized

(Keep your WordPress database optimized)

The plugin checks to see if the database tables need optimization and provides an easy one-click table optimization routine without requiring you to log into your hosting control panel or mess with technical tools …

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

(Better Delete Revision checks if your WP database tables need optimization)

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 delete redundant revisions of posts and pages (it also lets you keep an ‘x’-amount of the most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click cleaning and optimization maintenance routine, it also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress - Settings

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

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP Optimize WordPress Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as removing redundant revisions of posts and pages and performing table cleaning and optimization maintenance, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Remove stale spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove all transient options
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to keep selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • See database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • E-mail notifications on automatic database cleanups
  • Displays dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin - Settings Screen

(WP-Optimize – WordPress Plugin Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep

(WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphan post meta
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WP Sweep - Settings Page

(WP Sweep WP Plugin – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

To 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“, “Optimize Database“, etc …

Add Plugin - Plugins Menu

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New 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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