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 revisions of your content in its database. These show up in a Revisions list at the bottom of your post or page …

Post Editor section - View the WordPress revisions box

(Revisions box)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt functions that help create a more effective workflow. If you write and edit extensively, however, over time the number of revisions can start building up. This can significantly bloat 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 10 revisions your database could be storing up to 2,000 copies of old data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 2,000 post revisions, the total space wasted is about 200MB.

The good news is that there are several free plugins for WordPress available to help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Here are a few of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin)

Better Delete Revision removes redundant revisions of posts from your WordPress database and other revision-related content like relationships, meta data, tags, and more.

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

Log into your WP Dashboard and click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Settings

(Better Delete Revision – 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 can be safely deleted from the database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions associated with each post, the plugin calculates and returns a list of revisions stored in the database …

List of post revisions

(List of revisions)

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

Remove list of post revisions

(Clear list of post revisions – Better Delete Revision)

The redundant data will be removed from your WP database …

List of revisions removed

(List of post revisions removed)

Useful Tip

After a period of time and depending on the amount of content you have published on your website and their associated post revisions, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WP database as light as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin saving all new post revisions again (unless you have turned the feature off) …

Post revisions automatically start being saved again!

(WordPress automatically begins to store all post revisions again!)

Like the other plugins described further below, you can also use Better Delete Revisions to keep the database optimized …

Optimize the site's database

(Keep your WordPress database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the database tables need optimization and provides an easy one-click optimization feature without the need to log into your server control panel …

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

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin)

OptimizeDatabase not only lets you delete unnecessary revisions of posts and pages (with the option of keeping a specific number of the most recent revisions) and checks if the database tables need to be trimmed, cleaned, and optimized, it also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Delete trashed comments, posts, and pages
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ’pingbacks’ and ‘trackbacks’
  • Exclude selected tables or specific pages/posts from cleaning and optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress - Settings Panel

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin – Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin

(WP Optimize – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as cleaning unnecessary page and post revisions and performing cleaning and optimization routines, WP Optimize also lets you do database maintenance tasks such as:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Remove stale spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Removal of all transient options
  • Clear out the post trash
  • 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 schedules
  • See database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • Receive email notifications on automatic database cleanups
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP Sweep Plugin)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphaned user meta
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WPSweep Plugin – Settings Screen)

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“, “Optimize Database“, etc …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(Plugins Menu – Add New)

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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