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.

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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 Plugins

As soon as you edit and update pages and posts, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. These are displayed in a Revisions section at the bottom of your page or post …

Post Editor screen - Viewing the WordPress revisions box

(Post Editor screen – View the WordPress post revisions box)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt functions that help create a more productive workflow. If you write or edit extensively, however, the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly bloat the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important 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 50 posts published on your site with an average of 10 revisions each you could be storing around 1,000 copies of old data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 1,000 revisions of that post, the total space wasted is about 100MB.

Fortunately, there are several plugins available that can help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at a few of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)

Better Delete Revision deletes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database and other database content related to each revision such as relationships, meta data, tags, and more.

After the plugin has been installed and activated, the plugin can perform optimizations on your database without having to log into your server.

Log into your Dashboard and select Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - Settings

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Settings)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click ’Check Revision Posts’ to calculate how many redundant post revisions can be safely removed from the database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions related to each post, the plugin will then calculate and return a table of post revisions stored in your WP database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Posts revisions

(List of revisions)

Click on the ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ button below the list to clear all items from the WordPress database, or abandon the operation and exit the Better Delete Revision settings screen with all post revisions undeleted …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Delete list of post revisions

(Clear posts revisions)

The unnecessary post revisions will be cleared from your WP database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - List of post revisions cleared

(Better Delete Revision – Revisions deleted)

Practical Tip

After a while and depending on the number of posts you have published on your site and their associated post revisions, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as lean as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin storing your post revisions again …

WordPress automatically begins saving your revisions again!

(WordPress will automatically begin saving your new post revisions again!)

Like the other plugins listed further below, you can also use the plugin to optimize your database …

Keep your WP database optimized - Better Delete Revision Manager

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

The plugin checks to see if the database needs optimization and lets you run a one-click database table optimization routine without the need to log into your server control panel or use complicated database management tools …

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

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you prune unnecessary revisions of pages and posts (it also lets you keep an ’x’ amount of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click cleaning and optimization routine, it also lets you do the following:

  • Delete trashed comments, posts, and pages
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ‘expired transients’
  • Exclude selected pages/posts and tables from cleaning and optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin)

In addition to cleaning unnecessary post and page revisions and checking if your WordPress database tables need to be optimized, WP Optimize also lets you do the following:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Remove unapproved comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clear out the post trash
  • Ability to keep data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • Display database table statistics
  • Receive email notifications on scheduled database cleanups
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP Sweep – WordPress Plugin)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Unapproved comments
  • Orphan user meta
  • Duplicated term meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WP Sweep Plugin - Settings

(WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

For more plugins that can help you manage post revisions and optimize your WordPress database, go to Plugins > Add New and type in keywords like “Manage Post Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

Add New - WordPress Plugins Menu

(Add New Plugins – WordPress Plugins Menu)

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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Author: Martin Aranovitch

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