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 Post Revisions – WordPress Plugins

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

Revisions list - Post Editor screen

(Post Editor screen – View the Revisions box)

Having autosave and revisions is undoubtedly a good thing. If you write and edit often, however, the revisions can start building up. This can significantly increase the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to also be able to manage your revisions.

Your WordPress 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 20 revisions your database could be storing an extra 4,000 copies of old data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 4,000 post revisions, the total database space wasted is about 400MB.

The good news is that there are a few great plugins that can help you control and manage your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Let’s take a look at a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)

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

After installing and activating the plugin, the plugin can perform optimizations on your database without having to log into your server.

Log into your WordPress dashboard, then go to the main navigation menu and choose select Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WP Settings Menu

(WordPress Settings – Better Delete Revision)

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

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision Manager)

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

Better Delete Revision Manager - Posts revisions

(Posts revisions)

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

Better Delete Revision - Clear posts revisions

(Delete posts revisions list)

The unnecessary data will be cleared from the WP database …

Post revisions list cleared

(Post revisions list cleared)

Practical Tip

As WordPress automatically saves your revisions, the process will automatically start again. After some time has passed, we recommend repeating this process to keep your database as light as possible …

WordPress automatically begins to store all post revisions again!

(WordPress automatically begins saving all revisions again!)

You can also use this plugin to optimize your WP database …

Optimize your database

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Keep the site’s database optimized)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WordPress database needs optimization and provides a one-click table optimization function that does not require you to log into your hosting panel …

Better Delete Revision lets you perform a one-click table optimization maintenance routine

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin)

The Optimize Database plugin not only lets you delete redundant revisions of posts and pages (with the added option to keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and checks if your WP database tables need to be trimmed, cleaned, and optimized, it also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

  • Delete trashed comments, pages, and posts
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ’orphan post meta items’
  • Exclude selected pages/posts and tables from cleaning and optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin - Settings Screen

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

In addition to cleaning unnecessary page and post revisions and performing WP database cleaning and optimization maintenance, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for all published posts
  • Removal of stale spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site from anywhere)
  • Removal of all transient options
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to retain selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization schedules
  • View database table statistics (e.g. how much space can be optimized
  • Receive email notifications after automatic cleanups
  • Displays dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress - Settings

(WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Unapproved comments
  • Orphaned post meta
  • Duplicated post meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP-Sweep - WordPress Plugin Settings

(WP Sweep – 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 “Revisions“, “Optimize Database“, etc …

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(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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