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 Post Revisions Using Plugins

As soon as you edit and update pages and posts, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. These appear in a Revisions box below your post or page …

Post Editor section - The Post revisions list

(WordPress post revisions box – Post Editor screen)

Having access to effective workflow features like autosave and automatic revisions is a good thing. If you write and edit a lot of content, however, the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly bloat the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to also be able to manage your revisions.

Your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data

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

For example, if you have 50 posts on your site and each post has an average of 20 revisions your database 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 space wasted is about 100MB.

The good news is that there are various plugins available to help you control and manage your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Here are a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)

This plugin removes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database as well as other revision-related content like meta information, relationships, tags, and more.

After installing and activating the plugin, you can perform optimizations on your database without having to log into your server.

Log into the WordPress Dashboard and select Settings > Better Delete Revision

WordPress Settings - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click ’Check Revision Posts’ to calculate the number of redundant post revisions you can safely delete from the database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

A table of revisions stored in the WP database will be returned on the screen …

Posts revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Posts revisions list – Better Delete Revision Manager)

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

Remove list of post revisions

(Clear list of revisions)

The unnecessary data will be removed from your database …

Post revisions list cleared

(Post revisions deleted)

Practical Tip

After some time has passed and depending on the number of posts you have published on your website, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WP database as lean as possible, since WordPress automatically begins storing all revisions again …

Revisions automatically start being saved again!

(WordPress will automatically begin storing all post revisions again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize your site’s database …

Optimize the WordPress database - Better Delete Revision

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

The plugin checks to see if your WordPress database tables need to be optimized and lets you run a one-click optimization maintenance routine that does not require you to log into your hosting control panel or use complicated database management software …

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

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)

The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to remove redundant revisions of posts and pages (it also lets you keep a specific number of the most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click cleaning and optimization routine, it also lets you do optional maintenance tasks like:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress - Settings

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

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP Optimize)

In addition to performing tasks such as cleaning unnecessary revisions of pages and posts and checking if the WordPress database tables need to be cleaned and optimized, this plugin also lets you perform maintenance tasks like:

  • Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
  • Removal of stale unapproved comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clear out the post trash
  • Ability to keep selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • Display database table statistics
  • E-mail notifications on automatic database cleanup
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - Settings Page

(WP Optimize – WordPress Plugin Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

WP Sweep Plugin

(WP Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphaned term meta
  • Duplicated post meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WPSweep - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(WP-Sweep Plugin – Settings)

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 search for keywords like “Manage Post Revisions“, “Optimize Database“, etc …

Plugins Menu - Add New

(WordPress 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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