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.

Revision Management Plugins

As soon as you edit and save a post or page, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These appear in a Revisions section at the bottom of the page or post …

Post revisions box - Post Editor screen

(Viewing the revisions list)

For most users, having functions like autosave and revisions is no doubt something that helps make work more productive. If you write and edit extensively, however, the number of revisions can start building 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

(Your WordPress database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if there are 50 posts on your site with an average of 10 revisions each your WordPress database could be storing an extra 1,000 copies of old data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 1,000 post revisions, the total space wasted is about 100MB.

Fortunately, there are several WordPress plugins available to help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Let’s take a look at a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress

(Better Delete Revision)

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

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

Log into your WordPress site, then go to your navigation menu and choose choose Settings > Better Delete Revision

Settings Menu - Better Delete Revision

(WP Settings Menu – Better Delete Revision)

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

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

A table of post revisions stored in your WordPress database will be returned on the screen …

Posts revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – List of post revisions)

Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ to delete all list items from the database, or choose the ‘No, …’ button to exit the tool with all post revisions undeleted …

Remove posts revisions

(Remove list of revisions)

The unnecessary items will be removed from the database …

Revisions list removed - Better Delete Revision

(List of revisions deleted)

Tip

After a while, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WordPress database as lean as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin storing post revisions again (unless you specifically turn the feature off) …

Revisions automatically start again!

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

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

Optimize the database - Better Delete Revision Manager

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

The plugin checks to see if the database tables need optimization and runs an easy one-click database table optimization routine that does not require you to log into your hosting control panel or mess with complicated applications …

Better Delete Revision checks if your WP database tables need to be optimized

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

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)

OptimizeDatabase not only lets you remove redundant page and post revisions (with the added option of keeping a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click optimization routine, it also lets you do the following optional tasks:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin Settings Page

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings)

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

WP Optimize

WP Optimize

(WP-Optimize – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to deleting unnecessary revisions of posts and pages and checking if the database tables need to be cleaned and optimized, WP Optimize also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for all published posts
  • Removal of trashed comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Removal of all transient options
  • Clear out post trash
  • 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
  • View database table statistics
  • E-mail notifications after automatic database cleanups
  • Marks dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize Plugin - Settings Page

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here: WP Optimize WordPress Plugin

WP Sweep

WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress

(WP Sweep Plugin)

In addition to optimizing your database tables and deleting unnecessary revisions, WP-Sweep also cleans up:

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

WPSweep - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(WP Sweep – Settings)

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 WP database, go to Plugins > Add New and search for keywords like “Manage Revisions“, “Optimize Database“, etc …

Plugins Menu - Add New Plugins

(Plugins Menu – Add New Plugins)

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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