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 edit and update pages and posts, WordPress begins to store new revisions of your content in its database. These show up in a Revisions box at the bottom of the post editor …

WordPress post revisions box - Post Editor screen

(Post revisions list)

For most WordPress users, having access to workflow features like autosave and revisions is no doubt a good thing. If you write a lot of content, however, after a while the number of revisions can start to build up. This can significantly increase 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 post revisions accumulate, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if you have 100 posts on your site and each post has 10 revisions your WordPress database could be storing an extra 1,000 copies of old data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 1,000 revisions of that post, the total space wasted is about 100MB.

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

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin)

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

After installing and activating the plugin, the plugin can perform optimizations on your WP database.

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

Better Delete Revision - WP Settings Menu

(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click ’Check Revision Posts’ to calculate how many redundant post revisions you can safely remove from the database …

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

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

List of post revisions

(List of post revisions)

Click on the ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ button below the list to remove all items from your WP database, or choose ‘No, I prefer to keep them!’ to cancel the process and exit the page …

Remove list of revisions

(Remove posts revisions list)

The unnecessary post revisions will be cleared from the WP database …

Revisions cleared

(Revisions list deleted – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Useful Tip

After a period of time, we recommend repeating this process to keep your database as light as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin saving your new post revisions again …

Post revisions automatically start again!

(Post revisions automatically start being saved again!)

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

Better Delete Revision - Optimize your site's database

(Keep your site’s database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WP database needs to be optimized and performs an easy one-click table optimization maintenance routine without the need to log into your server panel or use complicated software …

Better Delete Revision checks if your database tables need optimization

(Better Delete Revision checks if the 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)

The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to prune unnecessary revisions of posts and pages (it also lets you keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click WordPress database optimization routine, it also lets you do the following optional tasks:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings Panel

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP Optimize

(WP Optimize WordPress Plugin)

In addition to deleting unnecessary post and page revisions and performing table optimization maintenance, WP Optimize also lets you do the following:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Removal of trashed comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site on the go)
  • Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to retain data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization scheduling
  • Display database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • Receive email notifications on automatic cleanup
  • Displays dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize Plugin - Settings

(WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

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

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

WP-Sweep - Settings Page

(WPSweep WP Plugin – Settings)

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 “Post Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …

Add New Plugins - WordPress 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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