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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.

Revision Management 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 section at the bottom of the post editor …

(WordPress revisions list)

For most users, having access to workflow functions like autosave and revisions is something that helps make work more productive. If you write or edit a lot of content, however, the 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.

(Your WordPress database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if there are 10 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 5 revisions you could be storing up to 500 copies of old data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 500 revisions, the total space wasted is about 50MB.

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

Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision WordPress Plugin)

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

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

Log into the Dashboard and click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click the ‘Check Revision Posts’ button to calculate the number of redundant post revisions can be removed from the WP database …

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

A table of post revisions stored in the database will display on the screen …

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Posts revisions list)

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

(Clear posts revisions)

The unnecessary data will be removed from your database …

(Post revisions cleared)

As WordPress automatically stores all post revisions, the process will automatically start again (unless you specifically turn the feature off). After a period of time and depending on the number of posts you have published on your website and their related post revisions, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WordPress database as light as possible …

(Post revisions automatically start again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to keep your WP database optimized …

(Keep your WP database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WordPress database needs to be optimized and performs an easy one-click WP database table optimization routine without the need to log into your server control panel or mess with complicated database management applications …

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you remove unnecessary revisions of posts and pages (with the option to keep an ‘x’-amount of your most recent revisions) and checks if the WP database needs cleaning and optimization, it also lets you do the following:

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:


(WP Optimize – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as deleting unnecessary revisions of posts and pages and performing database table cleaning and optimization routines, this plugin also lets you do the following:

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

(WP-Sweep WP Plugin)

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

(WPSweep WordPress Plugin – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

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 “Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

(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.


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