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 Plugins

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

Post revisions list - Post Editor screen

(Post Editor screen – The Post revisions list)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt functions that help create a more effective workflow. If you write or edit often, however, the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly bloat the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to manage your revisions.

As post revisions accumulate, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if there are 200 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 20 revisions your database could be storing an extra 4,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 4,000 post revisions, the total database space wasted is about 400MB.

Fortunately, there are several plugins available to help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin)

Better Delete Revision deletes redundant revisions of posts from your WordPress database and database content related to each revision like meta data, tags, relationships, and more.

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can use it to perform optimizations on your WP database without having to log into your server.

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

Better Delete Revision - Settings Menu

(Better Delete Revision – 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 deleted from your database …

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

A list of post revisions stored in your WordPress database will display on the screen …

Better Delete Revision - Posts revisions

(Posts revisions)

Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ to delete all list items from your database, or select ‘No, I prefer to keep them!’ to abandon the task and exit the plugin with all post revisions undeleted …

Better Delete Revision - Delete posts revisions list

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Remove posts revisions)

The redundant data will be removed from your WordPress database …

Post revisions deleted

(Revisions list cleared)

Tip

As WordPress automatically stores your post revisions, the process will automatically start again (unless you have turned the feature off). After a period of time, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as light as possible …

Post revisions automatically start being saved again!

(WordPress automatically begins to save your post revisions again!)

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

Better Delete Revision - Optimize your site's database

(Keep the site’s database optimized)

The plugin checks to see if your WordPress database tables need to be optimized and provides a one-click WP database optimization routine without the need to log into your hosting control panel …

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

(Better Delete Revision checks if your database needs to be optimized)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

OptimizeDatabase not only can be used to prune redundant page and post revisions (it also lets you keep an ‘x’-amount of the most recent revisions) and checks if the database needs cleaning and optimization, it also lets you do optional maintenance tasks like:

  • Delete trashed posts, comments, and pages
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’pingbacks’ and ‘trackbacks’
  • Exclude certain tables or even specific posts/pages from optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings

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

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP Optimize Plugin

(WP-Optimize)

In addition to performing tasks such as cleaning redundant revisions of posts and pages and checking if your database tables need to be cleaned and optimized, WP Optimize also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Removal of stale unapproved comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site on the go)
  • Removal of all transient options
  • Clear out the post trash
  • Ability to keep data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly schedules of optimization
  • View database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • Receive email notifications after scheduled database cleanup
  • Displays potentially dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize Plugin - Settings

(WP-Optimize – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Unapproved comments
  • Orphaned comment meta
  • Duplicated post meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WP-Sweep Plugin - Settings

(WP-Sweep – WordPress Plugin Settings)

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 “Post Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

Add Plugins - WordPress Plugins Menu

(Add New 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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