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 Using Plugins

As soon as you edit and save pages and posts, WordPress begins to store new revisions of your content in its database. These are displayed in a Revisions section below your content editor …

Post Editor section - The WordPress post revisions list

(Post Editor screen – The revisions list)

Having workflow features like autosave and revisions is very useful. If you write and edit a lot of content, however, after a while the number of revisions can start to build up. This can significantly bloat the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to be able to manage your revisions.

As you write more posts on your site, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data

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

For example, if there are 10 posts published on your site with an average of 5 revisions each your database could be storing an extra 500 copies of old data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 500 revisions, the total space wasted is about 50MB.

Fortunately, there are some really great (and free) WordPress plugins available to help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are some of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin)

Better Delete Revision removes redundant revisions of posts from your database as well as other database content belonging to each revision like relationships, meta data, tags, and more.

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can use it to perform optimizations on your WordPress database.

In your admin menu area, select Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Settings Menu

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Settings)

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

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

A table of post revisions stored in the database will display on the screen …

List of post revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Posts revisions list – Better Delete Revision)

Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ below the list to clear all items from your WP database, or select the ‘No, I prefer to keep them!’ button to cancel the process and exit the page …

Better Delete Revision - Remove list of post revisions

(Remove list of post revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

The unnecessary post information will be cleared from the database …

Revisions list removed

(Better Delete Revision – List of revisions deleted)

Practical Tip

As WordPress automatically stores your new post revisions, the process will automatically begin again (unless you have turned the feature off). After a period of time, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as lean as possible …

WordPress will automatically begin to save your revisions again!

(Revisions automatically start being saved again!)

Like the other plugins listed in this section, you can also use the plugin to keep the WordPress database optimized …

Optimize your WP database - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Better Delete Revision – Optimize the WordPress database)

The plugin checks to see if your database needs to be optimized and provides a one-click WordPress database table optimization maintenance routine that does not require you to log into your server panel or mess with complicated tools …

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

(Better Delete Revision checks if your WP database needs optimization)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you prune redundant 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 maintenance routine, it also lets you do database maintenance tasks like:

  • Delete trashed comments, pages, and posts
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ’orphan postmeta items’
  • Exclude specific pages/posts and tables from optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin

(WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin)

In addition to cleaning unnecessary revisions of pages and posts and checking if your WordPress database needs cleaning and optimization, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Removal of stale 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
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization schedules
  • Display database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • E-mail notifications after automatic cleanup
  • Highlights dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - Settings Screen

(WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

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

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

WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings Panel

(WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress – 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 type in keywords like “Revisions“, “Optimize Database“, 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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