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.

Page & Post Revision Management Using Plugins

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

Post Editor section - Viewing the WordPress post revisions box

(The WordPress revisions box – Post Editor section)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt functions that help make work more productive. If you write and edit often, 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.

Post revisions can really add up after a while

(Your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if you have 100 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 15 revisions your WordPress database could be storing up to 1,500 copies of old data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 1,500 revisions, the total space wasted is about 150MB.

Fortunately, there are various free plugins to help you control and manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at a few of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision WordPress Plugin)

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

After installing and activating the plugin, you can use it to perform optimizations on your WordPress database.

Log into your WordPress admin section, then go to the admin navigation menu and select choose Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - Settings

(Settings – Better Delete Revision)

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

Better Delete Revision Manager - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions belonging to each post, the plugin will then calculate and display a list of post revisions stored in the WordPress database …

List of revisions

(List of post revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

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

Better Delete Revision Manager - Remove list of revisions

(Delete list of revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

The redundant post information will be removed from your database …

Post revisions list deleted

(Revisions cleared)

Practical Tip

After a period of time and depending on the amount of content you have published on your site, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as light as possible, since WordPress automatically begins to store all post revisions again …

WordPress will automatically begin storing all revisions again!

(WordPress automatically begins saving all new revisions again!)

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

Keep the WP database optimized - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Keep your database optimized)

The plugin checks to see if the database needs to be optimized and performs an easy one-click table optimization routine without the need to log into your server control panel or mess with complicated database management software …

Better Delete Revision lets you perform a one-click optimization maintenance routine

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you remove redundant revisions of pages and posts (it also lets you keep a specific number of the most recent revisions) and checks if your WP database tables need to be cleaned and optimized, it also lets you perform the following:

  • Delete trashed comments, pages, and posts
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ’orphan post meta items’
  • Exclude certain tables and specific posts/pages from optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Optimize)

In addition to cleaning redundant post and page revisions and performing optimization routines, WP Optimize also lets you do the following:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Removal of akismet metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site from anywhere)
  • Remove transient options
  • 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 schedules of optimization
  • Display database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • E-mail notifications on scheduled cleanup
  • Highlights potentially dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

WP Sweep WordPress Plugin

(WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress)

In addition to optimizing your database tables and deleting unnecessary post revisions, WP-Sweep also cleans up:

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphaned comment meta
  • Duplicated term meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WPSweep - WordPress Plugin Settings Page

(WP Sweep – WordPress Plugin Settings Page)

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 type in keywords like “Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

Add New Plugins - Plugins Menu

(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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