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 Post Revisions Using Plugins

As soon as you create, edit, and save your posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new revisions of the content in its database. These show up in a Revisions section below your content editor …

Post Editor section - View the WordPress post revisions box

(Viewing the revisions box – Post Editor section)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt functions that help create a more productive workflow. If you write often, 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.

Your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if there are 200 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 10 revisions your database could be storing an extra 2,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 2,000 post revisions, the total database space wasted is about 200MB.

The good news is that there are various WordPress 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

(Better Delete Revision Plugin)

This plugin deletes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database as well as other revision-related content like meta data, relationships, tags, and more.

After the plugin has been installed and activated, Better Delete Revision can optimize your database.

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

WordPress Settings Menu - Better Delete Revision

(WordPress Settings – Better Delete Revision)

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

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

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

Posts revisions list

(Posts revisions)

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

Remove posts revisions list - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Delete posts revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

The redundant data will be cleared from your database …

Revisions removed

(Better Delete Revision – Revisions removed)

Tip

As WordPress automatically saves all new post revisions, the process will automatically begin again (unless you have chosen to turn the feature off). After a period of time, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WP database as light as possible …

Post revisions automatically start being stored again!

(Post revisions automatically start again!)

You can also use this plugin to keep your WP database optimized …

Keep the WP database optimized

(Keep your WP database optimized – Better Delete Revision)

The plugin checks to see if your database tables need to be optimized and runs a one-click table optimization routine without requiring you to log into your hosting control panel or use technical database management software …

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

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

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision

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 unnecessary post and page revisions (it also lets you keep a specific number of the most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click optimization routine, it also lets you perform the following:

  • Delete trashed posts, pages, and comments
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’pingbacks’ and ‘trackbacks’
  • Exclude certain pages/posts and tables from optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings Page

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

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

WP-Optimize

WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin)

In addition to removing redundant revisions of posts and pages and performing database table cleaning and optimization routines, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Remove akismet metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clear out the post trash
  • Ability to retain data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • See database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • E-mail notifications on scheduled cleanups
  • Marks potentially dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - Settings

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here: WP-Optimize

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep

(WP-Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphan post meta
  • Duplicated post meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WPSweep Plugin - Settings Screen

(WP Sweep – WordPress Plugin Settings Page)

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

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 WP database, go to Plugins > Add New and search for keywords like “Manage Post Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New Plugin

(Add New – 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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