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 pages and posts, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. You can see these displayed in a Revisions section at the bottom of your post or page …

Post Editor screen - The WordPress post revisions box

(View the revisions list – Post Editor section)

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

Post revisions can really add up after a while

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

For example, if you have 100 posts published on your site with an average of 10 revisions each your database could be storing around 1,500 copies of old data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 1,500 revisions of that post, the total space wasted is about 150MB.

Fortunately, there are some great WordPress plugins available to help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin removes redundant revisions of posts from your WordPress database and database content associated with each revision like relationships, tags, meta information, and more.

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

Log into your WP Dashboard and select Settings > Better Delete Revision

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 you can remove from the database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions belonging to each post, the plugin displays a table of post revisions stored in your database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - List of post revisions

(Posts revisions list)

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

Better Delete Revision Manager - Delete list of revisions

(Better Delete Revision – Delete list of post revisions)

The unnecessary data will be cleared from your WordPress database …

List of post revisions deleted - Better Delete Revision Manager

(List of post revisions removed)

Tip

After a while and depending on the amount of content you have published on your website and their associated post revisions, we recommend repeating this process to keep your database as light as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin storing all new post revisions again (unless you have chosen to turn the feature off) …

Post revisions automatically start being saved again!

(WordPress automatically begins storing post revisions again!)

Like the other plugins listed in this section, you can also use Better Delete Revisions to keep your site’s database optimized …

Better Delete Revision - Optimize your database

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

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your database needs to be optimized and runs a one-click table optimization maintenance routine without requiring you to log into your hosting control panel …

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

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

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision WordPress Plugin

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you remove unnecessary revisions of posts and pages (with the added option to keep an ‘x’-amount of the most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click table optimization maintenance routine, it also lets you do database maintenance tasks such as:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress - Settings Screen

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings Screen)

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

WP Optimize

WP Optimize WordPress Plugin

(WP-Optimize Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as deleting unnecessary page and post revisions and checking if the WP database needs optimization, WP Optimize also lets you perform database maintenance tasks like:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Removal of trashed comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site on the go)
  • Remove trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to retain selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization scheduling
  • Display database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • E-mail notifications on automatic cleanup
  • Displays dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize Plugin - Settings

(WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here: WP Optimize Plugin

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep WP Plugin

(WP Sweep – WordPress Plugin)

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

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

WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WP-Sweep WordPress Plugin – Settings)

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

Add Plugins - Plugins Menu

(Plugins Menu – Add New 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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