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 – WordPress Plugins

As soon as you edit and update a page or post, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These show up in a Revisions box below the page editor …

Post Editor screen - The WordPress post revisions list

(Post Editor section – The Revisions box)

For most users, having access to features like autosave and automatic revisions is undoubtedly a great thing. If you write a lot of content, however, the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly grow the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to also be able to manage your revisions.

As you write more posts, your 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 200 posts published on your site and each post has 10 revisions you could be storing around 2,000 copies of old data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 2,000 revisions, the total database space wasted is about 200MB.

Fortunately, there are some really great (and free) WordPress plugins available to help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are some of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin removes redundant revisions of posts from your WordPress database and database content belonging to each revision like tags, meta information, relationships, and more.

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

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

Better Delete Revision - WP Settings

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Settings)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager area. Click ’Check Revision Posts’ to calculate how many redundant post revisions can be deleted from your database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

A list of revisions stored in the database will display on the screen …

List of post revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Posts revisions list)

Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ below the list to clear the items from your database …

Remove posts revisions list

(Clear list of revisions)

The redundant data will be cleared from your WP database …

Better Delete Revision - List of revisions removed

(List of post revisions deleted)

Practical Tip

As WordPress automatically saves your post revisions, the process will automatically begin again. After a period of time and depending on the number of posts you have published on your website and their related post revisions, we recommend repeating this process to keep your database as light as possible …

Revisions automatically start being saved again!

(Post revisions automatically start being stored again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to keep your database optimized …

Keep your WordPress database optimized - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Keep the database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the database needs optimization and provides a one-click table optimization feature without the need to log into your hosting panel …

Better Delete Revision lets you perform an easy one-click table optimization routine

(Better Delete Revision lets you perform an easy one-click database optimization routine)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you delete redundant page and post revisions (with the added option of keeping a specific number of the most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click WP database table optimization routine, it also lets you perform the following optional tasks:

  • Delete trashed pages, comments, and posts
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’orphan postmeta items’
  • Exclude certain pages/posts and tables from cleaning and optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin - Settings Page

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

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Optimize Plugin)

In addition to removing redundant page and post revisions and performing table optimization maintenance, WP Optimize also lets you perform maintenance tasks like:

  • Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
  • Remove stale spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Removal of 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 scheduling
  • See database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • E-mail notifications on automatic cleanup
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WP Optimize WordPress Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep WP Plugin

(WP-Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphan comment 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 WP database, go to Plugins > Add New and type in keywords like “Manage Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …

Plugins Menu - Add New Plugin

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New Plugins)

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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