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 create, edit, and update a post or page, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. You can see these displayed in a Revisions list below the page or post …

WordPress post revisions list

(Post Editor section – View the WordPress post revisions box)

For most users, having access to effective workflow functions like autosave and automatic revisions is no doubt a timesaver. If you write and edit a lot of content, however, after a while the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly increase 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

(As you write more posts, 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 around 1,000 copies of old data. If your post averages 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 free WordPress plugins available to help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Plugin

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin removes redundant revisions of posts from your database as well as other database content belonging to each revision such as tags, relationships, meta information, and more.

After the plugin has been installed and activated, the plugin can optimize your WP database.

In your Dashboard, select Settings > Better Delete Revision

WordPress Settings - Better Delete Revision

(WordPress Settings – Better Delete Revision)

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 remove from the database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

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

Posts revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision Manager – List of revisions)

Click on the ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ button to clear all list items from your database, or cancel the process and exit the page with all post revisions undeleted …

Delete list of post revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Delete list of post revisions)

The unnecessary items will be cleared from your WP database …

Revisions list deleted

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Revisions cleared)

Useful Tip

After a period of time and depending on the number of posts you have published on your site and their associated post revisions, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WordPress database as light as possible, since WordPress automatically begins storing your new revisions again (unless you specifically turn the feature off) …

Revisions automatically start again!

(WordPress automatically begins saving your new revisions again!)

Like the other plugins described in this section, you can also use the plugin to optimize the database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Optimize your WP database

(Keep your WordPress database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WP database tables need optimization and provides a one-click table optimization feature that does not require you to log into your hosting control panel …

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

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you remove redundant page and post revisions (with the added option of keeping a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click table optimization maintenance routine, it also lets you do maintenance tasks like:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin Settings Panel

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP Optimize Plugin

(WP-Optimize Plugin)

In addition to deleting redundant page and post revisions and performing table cleaning and optimization maintenance routines, WP Optimize also lets you perform maintenance tasks like:

  • Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
  • Remove akismet metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clear out post trash
  • Ability to retain data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Option to add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization schedules
  • See database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • Receive email notifications after scheduled cleanups
  • Highlights potentially dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings Panel

(WP Optimize WP Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Sweep)

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

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

WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(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 type in keywords like “Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New Plugin

(Add Plugin – WordPress 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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