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 Revisions – WordPress Plugins

As soon as you update pages and posts, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. These appear in a Revisions section below the content editor …

WordPress post revisions box

(View the post revisions list – Post Editor section)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt functions that help make work more productive. If you write or edit often, however, the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly grow 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 50 posts published on your site and each post has 20 revisions you could be storing up to 1,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 1,000 revisions, the total space wasted is about 100MB.

Fortunately, there are various free plugins for WordPress to help you control and manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision WP Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)

This plugin removes redundant post revisions from your database and database content related to each revision like meta data, tags, relationships, and more.

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

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

Better Delete Revision - WP Settings

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Settings)

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

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

A list of revisions stored in your WordPress database will display on the screen …

List of revisions

(Posts revisions list – Better Delete Revision)

Click on the ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ button to clear all list items from your WP database, or select ‘No, I prefer to keep them!’ to exit the tool …

Remove list of post revisions

(Delete posts revisions list)

The unnecessary post revisions will be cleared from your database …

Revisions deleted

(Better Delete Revision – Post revisions cleared)

Useful Tip

After some time has passed and depending on the number of posts you have published on your website, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WordPress database as light as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin to save all post revisions again …

Revisions automatically start being saved again!

(WordPress automatically begins saving all new post revisions again!)

Like the other plugins listed further below, you can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize your WordPress database …

Optimize the WP database

(Keep your database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your database tables need to be optimized and provides a one-click database table optimization routine that does not require you to log into your server panel or use complicated applications …

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

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

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin)

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

  • Delete trashed posts, pages, and comments
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ‘expired transients’
  • Exclude certain pages/posts and tables from cleaning and 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)

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

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as removing redundant revisions of pages and posts and checking if your WP database needs to be optimized, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following:

  • Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
  • Remove stale metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Removal of all transient options
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • 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 schedules
  • Display database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • E-mail notifications after automatic database cleanup
  • Highlights dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize - Settings

(WP Optimize WordPress Plugin – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here: WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

WP-Sweep

WP-Sweep

(WP-Sweep WP Plugin)

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

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

WP Sweep WP Plugin - Settings Screen

(WP-Sweep Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here: WP Sweep 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 “Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …

Plugins Menu - Add Plugin

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New Plugin)

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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