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 your pages and posts, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These show up in a Revisions list at the bottom of the page editor …

WordPress post revisions list

(WordPress post revisions list)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt functions that help create a more productive workflow. If you write extensively, however, after a while the number of 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.

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 200 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 20 revisions you could be storing around 4,000 copies of old data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 4,000 revisions, the total database space wasted is about 400MB.

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

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress

(Better Delete Revision WordPress Plugin)

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

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can perform optimizations on your database without having to log into your server.

Go to your Dashboard and click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - Settings Menu

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Settings)

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

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

A table of post revisions stored in the WordPress database will be returned on the screen …

List of revisions - Better Delete Revision

(List of post revisions)

Click on the ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ button to delete all list items from your WordPress database, or abandon the operation and exit the tool …

Remove list of post revisions

(Remove posts revisions)

The redundant items will be deleted from the database …

Revisions list removed

(Revisions removed – Better Delete Revision)

Useful Tip

As WordPress automatically stores your revisions, the process will automatically begin again. After a while and depending on the amount of content you have published on your site and their related post revisions, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as lean as possible …

WordPress will automatically begin storing all revisions again!

(WordPress automatically begins storing your post revisions again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize the site’s database …

Optimize your site's database

(Keep your WordPress database optimized)

The plugin checks to see if the WordPress database tables need to be optimized and performs an easy one-click optimization maintenance routine that does not require you to log into your hosting control panel …

Better Delete Revision checks if the WP database needs optimization

(Better Delete Revision checks if your WordPress database needs optimization)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin)

OptimizeDatabase not only lets you prune unnecessary page and post revisions (it also lets you keep a specific number of the most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click table cleaning and optimization maintenance routine, it also lets you perform the following optional maintenance tasks:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP Optimize Plugin

(WP-Optimize – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as cleaning redundant page and post revisions and checking if your WordPress database tables need to be optimized, WP Optimize also lets you do maintenance tasks such as:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Remove stale spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site on the go)
  • Removal of all transient options
  • Clear out the post trash
  • Ability to retain data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Option to add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization scheduling
  • Display database table statistics
  • Receive email notifications on automatic database cleanups
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings Page

(WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

WP Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to optimizing your database tables and deleting unnecessary post revisions, this plugin also cleans up:

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

WPSweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(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 “Manage Revisions“, “Optimize Database“, etc …

Add Plugins - Plugins Menu

(Add New Plugins – WordPress 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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