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 save your posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These are displayed in a Revisions box at the bottom of your page or post …

Post Editor section - Viewing the WordPress revisions box

(Post Editor section – View the WordPress revisions box)

Having access to workflow features like autosave and revisions is a good thing. If you write or edit a lot of content, however, the number of revisions can start to build 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

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if there are 200 posts on your site and each post has an average of 15 revisions your database could be storing around 3,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 3,000 revisions, the total database space wasted is about 300MB.

The good news is that there are various free WordPress plugins to help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Let’s take a look at some of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)

Better Delete Revision removes redundant post revisions from your database and other database content associated with each revision like relationships, tags, meta data, and more.

After installing and activating the plugin, you can use the Better Delete Revision Manager to optimize your WordPress database without having to log into your server.

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

WordPress Settings Menu - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – WP Settings)

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

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

A table of post revisions stored in your database will display on the screen …

Better Delete Revision - List of revisions

(List of post revisions)

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

Delete list of post revisions

(Better Delete Revision – Delete list of post revisions)

The unnecessary items will be cleared from your database …

List of post revisions removed

(List of post revisions deleted – Better Delete Revision)

Practical Tip

After some time has passed, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WordPress database as light as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin saving all post revisions again …

Post revisions automatically start being saved again!

(WordPress automatically begins saving all new revisions again!)

Like the other plugins listed in this section, you can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize your WordPress database …

Optimize the database

(Optimize the database)

The plugin checks to see if your database tables need to be optimized and provides an easy one-click table optimization function without requiring you to log into your hosting panel …

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

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

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin

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 prune redundant revisions of posts and pages (it also lets you keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and checks if your WordPress database needs to be cleaned and optimized, it also lets you do optional maintenance tasks like:

  • Delete trashed pages, comments, and posts
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ‘expired transients’
  • Exclude selected tables and specific posts/pages from cleaning and optimization
  • Create a log file of the optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin Settings)

For more details, go here: Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin

(WP Optimize)

In addition to cleaning unnecessary revisions of posts and pages and checking if your WordPress database needs cleaning and optimization, WP Optimize also lets you do maintenance tasks like:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Remove stale spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove all transient options
  • Clear out post trash
  • Ability to retain selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Option to add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization schedules
  • View database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • E-mail notifications on scheduled cleanup
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - Settings

(WP Optimize – Settings)

For more details, go here: WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep

(WP-Sweep WP Plugin)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphaned term meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP-Sweep - Settings

(WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here: WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress

Simple Revisions Delete

Simple Revisions Delete
Simple Revisions Delete – WordPress 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.

Publish box - Revisions: Purge link.
Click the Purge link to delete post revisions from your WordPress database.

For more details, go here: Simple Revisions Delete

WP REVISIONS CONTROL

WP Revisions Control
WP Revisions Control

This plugin lets you specify the number of revisions retained for each post type in the Settings > Writing screen.

WP Revisions Control Settings
WP Revisions Control Settings.

For more details, go here: WP Revisions Control

To view more plugins that can help you manage post revisions and optimize your WordPress database, go to Plugins > Add New and type in keywords like “Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …

Plugins Menu - Add Plugin

(Add New – Plugins Menu)

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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