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.

Content Revision Management Using Plugins

As soon as you create, edit, and update a page or post, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. You can see these displayed in a Revisions section at the bottom of the post editor …

The post revisions box

(Post Editor screen – The revisions box)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt features that help create a more productive workflow. If you write and edit often, however, the revisions can start building up. This can significantly increase the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to be able to manage your revisions.

Post revisions can really add up after a while

(As post revisions accumulate, your WordPress database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if you have 50 posts published on your site with an average of 10 revisions each your database could be storing up to 1,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 1,000 revisions, the total database space wasted is about 100MB.

The good news is that there are various free WordPress plugins to help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are some of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision WP Plugin)

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

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can use it to perform optimizations on your WP database.

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

Better Delete Revision - Settings Menu

(Settings Menu – Better Delete Revision)

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

Better Delete Revision Manager - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

A list of revisions stored in the database will be returned on the screen …

List of revisions - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Posts revisions)

Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ below the list to clear the items from the database, or choose the ‘No, …’ button to exit the plugin with all post revisions undeleted …

Remove posts revisions

(Better Delete Revision – Clear posts revisions)

The unnecessary items will be cleared from the database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Revisions deleted

(Revisions deleted)

Practical Tip

After a while and depending on the amount of content you have published on your website, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WP database as light as possible, since WordPress automatically begins saving post revisions again …

WordPress will automatically begin to store all revisions again!

(WordPress will automatically begin to save your new post revisions again!)

You can also use this plugin to keep the site’s database optimized …

Better Delete Revision - Keep the WP database optimized

(Optimize your site’s database – Better Delete Revision)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your WordPress database tables need to be optimized and provides a one-click database optimization feature that does not require you to log into your server panel …

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

(Better Delete Revision checks if the WordPress database needs to be optimized)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you delete redundant revisions of posts and pages (it also lets you keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click table optimization maintenance routine, it also lets you do database maintenance tasks like:

  • Delete trashed pages, posts, and comments
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’orphan postmeta items’
  • Exclude specific pages/posts and tables from cleaning and optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress - Settings Panel

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

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP Optimize Plugin

(WP Optimize – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as cleaning unnecessary page and post revisions and checking if the WordPress database needs cleaning and optimization, this plugin also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Remove akismet metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site on the go)
  • Remove all transient options
  • Clear out the post trash
  • Ability to keep data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Option to add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • See database table statistics
  • E-mail notifications after scheduled database cleanups
  • Displays dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - Settings

(WP Optimize – WordPress Plugin Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

WP Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Unapproved comments
  • Orphan user meta
  • Duplicated term meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WPSweep - Settings Panel

(WP Sweep Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

In addition to the above plugins, you can view more plugins that can help you manage post revisions and optimize your database, go to Plugins > Add New and search for keywords like “Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …

Plugins Menu - Add New Plugins

(Plugins Menu – Add Plugins)

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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