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 – WordPress Plugins

As soon as you save posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new revisions for the content in its database. These are displayed in a Revisions list at the bottom of the post editor …

Post revisions list - Post Editor screen

(Revisions box)

Having access to functions like autosave and automatic revisions is undoubtedly a great thing. If you write and edit often, however, over time the number of revisions can start to build up. This can significantly grow the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to 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 on your site, your WordPress database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if you have 50 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 20 revisions your WordPress database could be storing up to 1,000 copies of old 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 various free WordPress plugins to help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Here are a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)

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

After installing and activating the plugin, you can use the plugin to perform optimizations on your WP database without having to log into your server.

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

Better Delete Revision - Settings Menu

(WP Settings Menu – 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 you can delete from your database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

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

Better Delete Revision - Posts revisions list

(List of revisions)

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

Better Delete Revision Manager - Delete list of revisions

(Clear posts revisions list – Better Delete Revision)

The unnecessary post information will be deleted from your database …

Revisions list removed

(List of post revisions removed)

Practical Tip

As WordPress automatically stores all post revisions, the process will automatically begin again (unless you have turned the feature off). After a while, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WP database as lean as possible …

WordPress will automatically begin saving post revisions again!

(Post revisions automatically start being saved again!)

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

Optimize the WP database

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Keep your WP database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your database needs to be optimized and lets you run a one-click WordPress database table optimization routine without the need to log into your hosting panel …

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

(Better Delete Revision checks if your database needs optimization)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you remove redundant revisions of pages and posts (it also lets you keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and checks if your database tables need to be cleaned and optimized, it also lets you perform the following optional tasks:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings Panel

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

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize

(WP Optimize – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as removing unnecessary page and post revisions and checking if the WordPress database needs optimization, WP Optimize also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
  • Removal of spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site on the go)
  • Remove all transient options
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to keep selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Option to add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization scheduling
  • See database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • Receive email notifications after scheduled database cleanup
  • Highlights dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

WP-Sweep Plugin

(WP Sweep – WordPress Plugin)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Unapproved comments
  • Orphaned term meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WPSweep - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress – Settings Page)

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 type in keywords like “Manage Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …

Plugins Menu - Add Plugins

(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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