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 Using Plugins

As soon as you update your pages/posts, WordPress begins to store revisions for the content in its database. These show up in a Revisions section below your content editor …

WordPress revisions list - Post Editor screen

(Viewing the revisions box)

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 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

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if there are 100 posts on your site and each post has 10 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.

The good news is that there are a number of plugins for WordPress available to 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 Plugin)

This plugin deletes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database and other revision-related content such as meta information, tags, relationships, and more.

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

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

Settings - Better Delete Revision

(WP Settings Menu – Better Delete Revision)

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

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

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

List of post revisions

(List of revisions)

Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ below the list to clear the items from your WP database, or choose the ‘No, …’ button to cancel the operation and exit the tool …

Clear list of revisions - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Clear posts revisions)

The unnecessary post information will be deleted from the WordPress database …

Post revisions deleted - Better Delete Revision

(Post revisions cleared – Better Delete Revision)

Tip

After some time has passed and depending on the number of posts you have published on your site and their associated post revisions, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as lean as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin to store all revisions again (unless you have turned the feature off) …

Revisions automatically start again!

(Revisions automatically start being stored again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to keep the WordPress database optimized …

Optimize the database - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Keep the database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the database needs optimization and performs a one-click table optimization maintenance routine that does not require you to log into your hosting control panel …

Better Delete Revision checks if your WP database tables need optimization

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

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision Plugin

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you prune redundant post and page revisions (it also lets you keep a specific number of the most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click table cleaning and optimization routine, it also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

  • Delete trashed pages, posts, and comments
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’orphan post meta items’
  • 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 Screen

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings)

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

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

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

  • Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
  • Removal of spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • 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 scheduling
  • View database table statistics
  • Receive email notifications on automatic cleanups
  • Marks dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress - Settings Panel

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

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

WP-Sweep

WP Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

WP Sweep lets you clean up duplicated, unused, and orphaned data in the WordPress database, including revisions. This plugin cleans up:

  • Auto drafts
  • Unapproved comments
  • Orphan comment meta
  • Duplicated post meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WPSweep - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(WPSweep WordPress Plugin – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here: WP-Sweep

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

In addition to the above plugins, you can view more plugins that can help you manage post revisions and optimize your WordPress database, go to Plugins > Add New and type in keywords like “Post Revisions“, “Database 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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