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 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 at the bottom of your page or post …

Post Editor section - Viewing the WordPress revisions box

(Post Editor section – Viewing the WordPress revisions box)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt functions that help create a more effective workflow. If you write and edit extensively, however, the number of 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.

Post revisions can really add up after a while

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

For example, if you have 200 posts on your site with an average of 10 revisions each your WordPress database could be storing an extra 3,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 3,000 revisions, the total space wasted is about 300MB.

The good news is that there are some really great free plugins for WordPress available to help you control and 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 Plugin

(Better Delete Revision WordPress Plugin)

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

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can use it to optimize your WordPress database.

Go to your Dashboard and select Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WP Settings Menu

(WP Settings Menu – Better Delete Revision)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click ’Check Revision Posts’ to calculate how many redundant post revisions can be deleted from the WP database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

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

List of post revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Posts revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

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

Remove list of post revisions

(Clear list of post revisions)

The redundant post information will be cleared from the WP database …

Revisions cleared

(Revisions removed – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Practical Tip

As WordPress automatically stores your post revisions, the process will automatically begin again. After some time has passed, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as lean as possible …

Post revisions automatically start being stored again!

(Post revisions automatically start again!)

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

Optimize your site's database - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Optimize your database)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the database needs optimization and performs an easy one-click database optimization routine that does not require you to log into your server panel …

Better Delete Revision checks if your WP database tables need optimization

(Better Delete Revision checks if the WordPress database tables need optimization)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)

The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to remove unnecessary post and page revisions (it also lets you keep an ’x’ amount of your most recent revisions) and checks if the database needs cleaning and optimization, it also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - WordPress Plugin Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP Optimize Plugin

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

In addition to performing tasks such as cleaning unnecessary page and post revisions and checking if the WP database needs cleaning and optimization, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Remove trashed comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site from anywhere)
  • Remove trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clear out the 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
  • Display database table statistics
  • Receive email notifications on scheduled cleanups
  • Marks potentially dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings Panel

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

WP-Sweep WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphaned user meta
  • Duplicated term meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WPSweep - Settings

(WP Sweep WordPress Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

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

Add Plugins - WordPress Plugins Menu

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New Plugin)

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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