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 WordPress Plugins

As soon as you save your pages and posts, WordPress begins to store revisions for your content in its database. These show up in a Revisions section below the content editor …

The WordPress post revisions box - Post Editor section

(Viewing the post revisions box)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt functions that help make work more efficient. If you write or edit extensively, however, the number of revisions can start building up. This can significantly grow 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 50 posts on your site with an average of 10 revisions each your WordPress database could be storing an extra 1,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 1,000 revisions, the total database space wasted is about 100MB.

Fortunately, there are some great (and free) plugins for WordPress available to help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Let’s take a look at a few of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin)

Better Delete Revision deletes redundant post revisions from your database as well as database content associated with each revision such as tags, meta information, relationships, and more.

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

Go to your WordPress administration section and click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - Settings

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Settings Menu)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager area. 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

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions belonging to each post entry, the plugin displays a list of revisions stored in your WordPress database …

Posts revisions list - Better Delete Revision Manager

(List of revisions)

Click on the button below the list to clear all items from your database, or choose ‘No, I prefer to keep them!’ to exit the tool …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Clear posts revisions

(Remove posts revisions)

The unnecessary items will be deleted from the database …

List of revisions cleared

(Revisions deleted – Better Delete Revision)

Useful Tip

After some time has passed and depending on the amount of content you have published on your site and their associated post revisions, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WordPress database as lean as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin storing your new revisions again …

Revisions automatically start being stored again!

(WordPress will automatically begin to save post revisions again!)

Like the other plugins described further below, you can also use this plugin to keep your WordPress database optimized …

Better Delete Revision - Optimize the WordPress database

(Keep the site’s database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your database needs optimization and runs a one-click WordPress database optimization routine without requiring you to log into your server panel or mess with complicated tools …

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

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

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision Plugin

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to prune unnecessary revisions of posts and pages (it also lets you keep an ’x’ amount of the most recent revisions) and checks if your database tables need cleaning and optimization, it also lets you do the following:

  • Delete trashed comments, pages, and posts
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ‘expired transients’
  • Exclude selected tables and specific posts/pages from optimization
  • Create a log file of the optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin – Settings Page)

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

WP Optimize

WP Optimize Plugin

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

In addition to removing redundant revisions of pages and posts and performing table optimization maintenance routines, this plugin also lets you do maintenance tasks like:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Remove akismet metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • 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
  • See database table statistics
  • E-mail notifications after automatic database cleanup
  • Displays dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(WP Optimize Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here: WP-Optimize Plugin

WP-Sweep

WP Sweep Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphaned user meta
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP Sweep - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(WP Sweep – Settings Screen)

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

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 …

Plugins Menu - Add New Plugins

(WordPress 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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