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 Content Revisions – WordPress Plugins

As soon as you edit and save posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. These show up in a Revisions box below your page or post …

The WordPress revisions box - Post Editor section

(The WordPress post revisions list – Post Editor section)

For most users, having features like autosave and revisions is a timesaver. If you write a lot of content, however, the 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.

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

(As you write more posts, your WordPress database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if there are 50 posts on your site and each post has 20 revisions your database could be storing around 1,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 1,000 revisions of that post, the total database space wasted is about 100MB.

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

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision)

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

After the plugin has been installed and activated, Better Delete Revision can perform optimizations on your WP database.

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

Better Delete Revision - WP Settings

(Settings Menu – Better Delete Revision)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager area. Click the ‘Check Revision Posts’ button to calculate the number of redundant post revisions can be safely removed from your 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 entry, the plugin calculates and displays a table of revisions stored in your WordPress database …

List of post revisions

(Better Delete Revision Manager – List of revisions)

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

Clear posts revisions list

(Clear posts revisions)

The unnecessary data will be deleted from your WordPress database …

Post revisions removed

(Revisions removed)

Useful Tip

After a period of time and depending on the number of posts you have published on your site and their associated post revisions, we recommend repeating this process to keep your database as lean as possible, since WordPress automatically begins storing all new post revisions again …

Post revisions automatically start being stored again!

(Post revisions automatically start again!)

You can also use the plugin to optimize your database …

Keep the database optimized

(Keep your WP database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the database tables need to be optimized and provides an easy one-click database table optimization feature that does not require you to log into your server control panel or mess with complicated database management applications …

Better Delete Revision checks if the database tables need to be optimized

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you prune unnecessary revisions of pages and posts (with the option of keeping a specific number of your most recent revisions) and checks if the database tables need cleaning and optimization, it also lets you do the following optional maintenance tasks:

  • Delete trashed pages, posts, and comments
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ’pingbacks’ and ‘trackbacks’
  • Exclude selected pages/posts and tables from optimization
  • Create a log file of the optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin - Settings Screen

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize WP Plugin

(WP Optimize Plugin)

In addition to deleting redundant revisions of posts and pages and checking if your database tables need to be cleaned and optimized, WP Optimize also lets you perform database maintenance tasks like:

  • Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
  • Remove spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site from anywhere)
  • Remove all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • 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 scheduling
  • View database table statistics
  • Receive email notifications on scheduled database cleanup
  • Highlights potentially dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize WP Plugin - Settings Page

(WP-Optimize – WordPress Plugin Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep WordPress Plugin

(WP Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphan post meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings Screen

(WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress – 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 “Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(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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