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 Content Revisions – WordPress Plugins

As soon as you edit and update a post/page, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. You can see these displayed in a Revisions section below your post editor …

Post Editor section - View the WordPress revisions list

(The post revisions list)

For most users, having access to effective workflow functions like autosave and automatic revisions is no doubt very useful. If you write or edit extensively, however, 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.

Post revisions can really add up after a while

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if there are 300 posts published on your site and each post has 20 revisions you could be storing an extra 6,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 6,000 revisions of that post, the total database space wasted is about 600MB.

Fortunately, there are some great plugins 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)

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

After installing and activating the plugin, the plugin can optimize your WordPress database without having to log into your server.

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

Settings - Better Delete Revision

(WordPress 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 safely removed from your database …

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

A list of post revisions stored in your WP database will be returned on the screen …

Better Delete Revision Manager - List of revisions

(Posts revisions)

Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ below the list to delete all items from the database …

Better Delete Revision - Delete list of post revisions

(Better Delete Revision – Remove posts revisions list)

The unnecessary post information will be deleted from your database …

Revisions deleted

(List of post revisions cleared – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Tip

As WordPress automatically saves your new revisions, the process will automatically begin again. After a period of time, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as light as possible …

Post revisions automatically start being stored again!

(Revisions automatically start being stored again!)

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

Keep the site's database optimized

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Optimize the site’s database)

The plugin checks to see if your WordPress database tables need optimization and lets you perform an easy one-click database table optimization routine without the need to log into your server control panel …

Better Delete Revision checks if your database needs optimization

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

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin)

The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to delete redundant page and post revisions (with the option of keeping an ’x’ amount of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click WP database table cleaning and optimization routine, it also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin - Settings Page

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

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

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

In addition to deleting redundant revisions of pages and posts and checking if your WordPress database needs to be optimized, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Remove trashed comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site anywhere, anytime)
  • Remove transient options
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to retain selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • See database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • E-mail notifications after automatic database cleanups
  • Displays dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize WordPress Plugin - Settings

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here: WP Optimize WordPress Plugin

WP-Sweep

WP Sweep Plugin

(WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Unapproved comments
  • Orphaned term relationships
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WPSweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings Page

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