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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 Using Plugins

As soon as you create, edit, and update posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. You can see these displayed in a Revisions list at the bottom of the post editor …

(Post Editor section – View the Post revisions box)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt features that help make work more productive. If you write extensively, however, the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly increase the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to manage your revisions.

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if you have 200 posts published on your site with an average of 10 revisions each you could be storing an extra 2,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 2,000 post revisions, the total database space wasted is about 200MB.

The good news is that there are several free WordPress plugins available to help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at some of these:

Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision)

This plugin deletes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database and database content belonging to each revision like tags, meta information, relationships, and more.

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

Go to your WordPress Dashboard and choose Settings > Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – WP Settings)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager area. Click the ‘Check Revision Posts’ button to calculate how many redundant post revisions can be removed from your WordPress database …

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions related to each post entry, the plugin calculates and returns a table of revisions stored in your database …

(List of post revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

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

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Clear posts revisions list)

The unnecessary post revisions will be cleared from the database …

(Post revisions list removed)

After a while and depending on the amount of content you have published on your website and their associated post revisions, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WordPress database as lean as possible, since WordPress automatically begins storing your post revisions again (unless you have turned the feature off) …

(WordPress automatically begins storing all post revisions again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize the database …

(Keep your site’s database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WordPress database needs to be optimized and runs an easy one-click table optimization routine without the need to log into your hosting panel or mess with technical database management tools …

(Better Delete Revision checks if the WordPress database tables need to be optimized)

For more details, go here: Better Delete Revision

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin)

OptimizeDatabase not only can be used to remove redundant revisions of posts and pages (with the added option to keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click table cleaning and optimization maintenance routine, it also lets you do the following:

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

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

WP Optimize


In addition to deleting unnecessary page and post revisions and checking if the database needs to be optimized, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

(WP-Optimize – Settings Page)

For more details, go here: WP-Optimize Plugin

WP Sweep

(WP Sweep – WordPress Plugin)

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

(WP Sweep – Settings)

For more details, go here: WP Sweep – WordPress Plugin

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.

Click the Purge link to delete post revisions from your WordPress database.

For more details, go here: Simple Revisions Delete


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.

For more details, go here: WP Revisions Control

For more plugins that can help you manage post revisions and optimize your database, go to Plugins > Add New and search for keywords like “Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

(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.


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