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.

Revision Management WordPress Plugins

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

Post Editor screen - The revisions box

(View the WordPress revisions list)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt functions that help create a more effective workflow. If you write and edit a lot of content, however, the number of 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.

Post revisions can really add up after a while

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if you have 200 posts on your site and each post has an average of 10 revisions your WordPress database could be storing an extra 2,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 2,000 post revisions, the total database space wasted is about 200MB.

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

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin)

Better Delete Revision deletes redundant revisions of posts from your WordPress database and database content belonging to each revision like tags, relationships, meta information, and more.

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

In your Dashboard menu, select Settings > Better Delete Revision

WordPress Settings Menu - Better Delete Revision

(Settings – 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 safely remove from the WordPress database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Check Revision Posts)

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

Posts revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Posts revisions)

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

Delete posts revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Remove list of post revisions)

The redundant data will be cleared from your WordPress database …

List of revisions deleted - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Revisions deleted)

Tip

As WordPress automatically stores all new revisions, the process will automatically begin again. After some time has passed and depending on the amount of content you have published on your site, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as lean as possible …

WordPress will automatically begin storing your new revisions again!

(Post revisions automatically start being saved again!)

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

Optimize your site's database - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Keep the site’s database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your WordPress database tables need optimization and provides a one-click optimization routine without requiring you to log into your server control panel …

Better Delete Revision checks if the database needs optimization

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you prune redundant page and post revisions (with the option to keep an ’x’ amount of your most recent revisions) and checks if the WordPress database needs optimization, it also lets you do optional maintenance tasks such as:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings Panel

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize - WordPress Plugin

(WP Optimize)

In addition to performing tasks such as deleting redundant revisions of posts and pages and checking if the WP database needs cleaning and optimization, this plugin also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for all published posts
  • Removal of stale spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • 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
  • View database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • E-mail notifications after automatic cleanup
  • Highlights potentially dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize WP Plugin - Settings

(WP Optimize Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

WP-Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphaned term meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP-Sweep - Settings Page

(WPSweep – WordPress 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 “Manage Revisions“, “Optimize Database“, etc …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add Plugins

(Plugins Menu – Add 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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