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 create, edit, and save a page or post, WordPress begins to store revisions for your content in its database. These show up in a Revisions box at the bottom of your content editor …

Post Editor section - The WordPress revisions box

(View the WordPress post revisions list)

Having workflow functions like autosave and revisions is undoubtedly very useful. If you write extensively, however, the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly increase the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to be able 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 50 posts on your site and each post has 20 revisions you could be storing around 1,000 copies of old data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 1,000 post revisions, the total database space wasted is about 100MB.

Fortunately, there are various WordPress plugins that can help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress

(Better Delete Revision)

This plugin removes redundant revisions of posts from your WordPress database and other revision-related content like tags, meta information, relationships, and more.

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

Log into the administration section and click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

WP Settings - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)

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 your WP database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

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

List of post revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Posts revisions list)

Click on the button below the list to delete all items from the database, or abandon the process and exit the page with all post revisions undeleted …

Delete list of revisions - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Delete posts revisions)

The redundant post revisions will be removed from your WordPress database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Revisions deleted

(Revisions list deleted)

Tip

After some time has passed, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WordPress database as lean as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin to store all new post revisions again (unless you have chosen to turn the feature off) …

WordPress will automatically begin storing your new post revisions again!

(WordPress automatically begins saving your post revisions again!)

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

Keep the database optimized

(Keep your WordPress database optimized – Better Delete Revision)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the database tables need optimization and provides an easy one-click optimization maintenance routine that does not require you to log into your server control panel or use complicated applications …

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

(Better Delete Revision checks if the database needs to be optimized)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you remove redundant post and page revisions (it also lets you keep an ‘x’-amount of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click WP database optimization routine, it also lets you perform database maintenance tasks such as:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings Panel

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Optimize Plugin)

In addition to deleting unnecessary post and page revisions and performing WordPress database cleaning and optimization routines, WP Optimize also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Remove stale metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site from anywhere)
  • 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
  • Receive email notifications after scheduled database cleanup
  • Displays dangerous cleanup options 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 Plugin For WordPress)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphaned user meta
  • Duplicated post meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WP Sweep Plugin – Settings)

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 search for keywords like “Manage Post Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …

Add Plugins - WordPress Plugins Menu

(WordPress 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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