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 your pages and posts, WordPress begins to store new revisions of your content in its database. These appear in a Revisions section at the bottom of your content editor …

Revisions list

(Post revisions box)

For most users, having access to effective workflow functions like autosave and revisions is a timesaver. If you write extensively, however, the number of revisions can start building 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

(As post revisions accumulate, your WordPress database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if you have 200 posts on your site with an average of 10 revisions each you could be storing an extra 4,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 4,000 revisions, the total space wasted is about 400MB.

The good news is that there are some great plugins for WordPress that can help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are a few of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision WP Plugin)

Better Delete Revision removes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database as well as other revision-related content like tags, meta information, relationships, and more.

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

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

Settings - Better Delete Revision

(WordPress Settings – Better Delete Revision)

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

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions stored with each post, the plugin display a list of post revisions stored in your database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - List of post revisions

(Better Delete Revision – List of revisions)

Click on the ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ button below the list to clear the items from your database …

Delete posts revisions - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Remove posts revisions list)

The redundant items will be removed from the WordPress database …

Post revisions list cleared - Better Delete Revision Manager

(List of revisions removed)

Tip

As WordPress automatically stores all new post revisions, the process will automatically begin again. After a while, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your database as lean as possible …

Revisions automatically start being stored again!

(WordPress automatically begins to store your revisions again!)

You can also use this plugin to keep your WP database optimized …

Keep the database optimized

(Keep your database optimized)

The plugin checks to see if the WordPress database needs to be optimized and provides a one-click table optimization routine without the need to log into your server control panel …

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

(Better Delete Revision checks if your database tables need optimization)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin)

The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to remove redundant revisions of posts and pages (with the added option of keeping an ‘x’-amount of your most recent revisions) and checks if the WP database tables need cleaning and optimization, it also lets you perform optional maintenance tasks like:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize WP Plugin

(WP Optimize Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as deleting redundant revisions of posts and pages and performing table optimization maintenance routines, this plugin also lets you do maintenance tasks such as:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Removal of unapproved comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove all transient options
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to keep data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Option to add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • Display database table statistics
  • E-mail notifications on scheduled database cleanups
  • Highlights potentially dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WP Optimize WordPress 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, this plugin also cleans up:

  • Auto drafts
  • Unapproved comments
  • Orphan term meta
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings Page

(WPSweep Plugin – Settings Panel)

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 “Post Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add Plugins

(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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