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.

Page/Post Revision Management Using Plugins

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

Post Editor screen - Viewing the Revisions box

(Post Editor section – View the WordPress revisions box)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt functions that help make work more efficient. If you write and edit a lot of content, however, the number of revisions can start to build up. This can significantly increase the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to also be able to manage your revisions.

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

(As you write more posts, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

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

The good news is that there are a number of plugins to help you control and 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 WP Plugin)

This plugin removes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database and other database content belonging to each revision such as relationships, meta data, tags, and more.

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

In your Dashboard menu, click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

WP Settings Menu - Better Delete Revision

(Settings – 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 deleted from the database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Check Revision Posts)

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

Posts revisions

(Posts revisions list)

Click on the button below the list to delete the items from the WordPress database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Delete list of revisions

(Delete list of revisions)

The unnecessary items will be removed from the database …

Revisions list removed - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Post revisions list deleted)

Practical Tip

As WordPress automatically stores all revisions, the process will automatically start again (unless you have turned the feature off). After a while and depending on the number of posts you have published on your website, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WordPress database as light as possible …

Revisions automatically start again!

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

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

Optimize your database - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Keep your WordPress database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your WordPress database tables need optimization and performs a one-click table optimization maintenance routine without requiring you to log into your server panel or use technical software …

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

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

OptimizeDatabase not only can be used to remove redundant revisions of pages and posts (with the added option of keeping a specific number of the most recent revisions) and checks if the database needs optimization, it also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin Settings

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

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP Optimize

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

In addition to deleting redundant revisions of pages and posts and performing table optimization maintenance routines, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following:

  • Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
  • Remove trashed comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site on the go)
  • Remove 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 schedules of optimization
  • Display database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • Receive email notifications after scheduled database cleanups
  • Highlights dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings

(WP-Optimize WP Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP Sweep Plugin

(WP Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphan comment meta
  • Duplicated comment meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP-Sweep - Settings Page

(WP-Sweep – WordPress Plugin Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

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

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add Plugins

(Plugins Menu – Add 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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Originally published as WordPress Plugins For Managing WordPress Post Revisions.