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 edit and save a post/page, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These show up in a Revisions list at the bottom of your page editor …
(The revisions box)
For most users, having functions like autosave and revisions is no doubt a timesaver. If you write extensively, however, the number of revisions can start to build up. This can significantly increase the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to be able to manage your revisions.
(Post revisions can really add up after a while)
For example, if there are 10 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 5 revisions your WordPress database could be storing an extra 500 copies of old data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 500 revisions of that post, the total database space wasted is about 50MB.
The good news is that there are some great WordPress plugins to help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are a few:
(Better Delete Revision Plugin)
This plugin removes redundant post revisions from your database and other revision-related content such as tags, relationships, meta information, and more.
After installing and activating the plugin, you can use it to perform optimizations on your database.
Log into the WP Dashboard and choose Settings > Better Delete Revision …
(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)
This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click the ‘Check Revision Posts’ button to calculate the number of redundant post revisions can be safely deleted from your WP database …
(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)
Depending on the number of posts and revisions associated with each post entry, the plugin returns a list of post revisions stored in your WordPress database …
Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ below the list to delete all items from your database …
(Clear posts revisions list)
The unnecessary post revisions will be deleted from your database …
(Better Delete Revision Manager – Post revisions cleared)
As WordPress automatically saves all post revisions, the process will automatically start again (unless you specifically turn the feature off). After a while, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WP database as lean as possible …
(Revisions automatically start again!)
You can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize the site’s database …
(Keep the database optimized – Better Delete Revision Manager)
Better Delete Revision checks to see if your WP database tables need to be optimized and lets you perform an easy one-click table optimization routine without the need to log into your hosting panel …
(Better Delete Revision checks if your WordPress database needs to be optimized)
For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin
(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)
This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you prune redundant page and post revisions (it also lets you keep an ‘x’-amount of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click optimization routine, it also lets you perform database maintenance tasks like:
- Delete trashed posts, comments, and pages
- Delete spammed comments
- Delete ‘expired transients’
- Exclude selected tables or specific posts/pages from optimization
- Create a log file of the optimizations
- And more!
(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin Settings)
For more details, go here: Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions
In addition to cleaning redundant revisions of pages and posts and checking if your database needs to be cleaned and optimized, WP Optimize also lets you perform database maintenance tasks like:
- Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
- Remove akismet metadata from comments
- Mobile device friendly
- Remove all transient options
- Clean up auto draft posts
- 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-mail notifications after automatic database cleanups
- Displays potentially dangerous cleanup options in red
- And more!
(WP Optimize WordPress Plugin – Settings)
For more details, go here: WP Optimize Plugin
(WP Sweep Plugin)
In addition to optimizing your database tables and deleting unnecessary revisions, WP-Sweep also cleans up:
- Auto drafts
- Unapproved comments
- Orphan post meta
- Duplicated term meta
- Unused terms
- And more!
(WPSweep Plugin – Settings Page)
For more details, go here: WP-Sweep 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.
For more details, go here: Simple Revisions Delete
This plugin lets you specify the number of revisions retained for each post type in the Settings > Writing screen.
For more details, go here: WP Revisions Control
For more plugins that can help you manage post revisions and optimize your WP database, go to Plugins > Add New and search for keywords like “Manage Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …
(Add New – WordPress Plugins Menu)
We hope that you have found the above information on plugins that will help you manage your WordPress post revisions useful.
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