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.

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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 edit and update your posts and pages, WordPress begins to store new revisions for the content in its database. These appear in a Revisions box at the bottom of the page editor …

The revisions box

(The WordPress revisions box)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt functions that help make work more productive. If you write and edit often, however, the number of 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.

Post revisions can really add up after a while

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if there are 200 posts on your site with an average of 10 revisions each your WordPress database could be storing around 2,000 copies of old data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 2,000 revisions of that post, the total database space wasted is about 200MB.

Fortunately, there are a few great plugins that can help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Here are a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress

(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)

Better Delete Revision deletes redundant post revisions from your database as well as other revision-related content like relationships, meta information, tags, and more.

After installing and activating the plugin, you can optimize your WordPress database.

Log into the admin section and click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - Settings

(WordPress Settings Menu – Better Delete Revision)

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

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

A list of post revisions stored in your database will be returned on the screen …

Posts revisions list

(List of post revisions)

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

Better Delete Revision Manager - Clear posts revisions list

(Better Delete Revision – Remove posts revisions)

The redundant post revisions will be cleared from the database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Revisions list removed

(Better Delete Revision – Post revisions list deleted)

Tip

After a while, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your database as lean as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin saving post revisions again (unless you have chosen to turn the feature off) …

Post revisions automatically start being saved again!

(WordPress will automatically begin storing your new revisions again!)

Like the other plugins described in this section, you can also use the plugin to keep your WordPress database optimized …

Keep your site's database optimized - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Optimize the WP database – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WP database needs to be optimized and provides an easy one-click database optimization feature without the need to log into your server control panel …

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

(Better Delete Revision checks if your WordPress database needs optimization)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin)

The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to prune unnecessary post and page revisions (with the added option to keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and checks if the database tables need to be trimmed, cleaned, and optimized, it also lets you do the following:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin

(WP Optimize WordPress Plugin)

In addition to cleaning redundant page and post revisions and checking if the database needs to be cleaned and optimized, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Remove spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Removal of all 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
  • See database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • Receive email notifications after scheduled database cleanup
  • Highlights potentially dangerous cleanup items in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin - Settings

(WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep WP Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

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

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

WP-Sweep - WordPress Plugin Settings

(WPSweep – WordPress Plugin Settings)

For more details, go here}:

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

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New

(Add New Plugins – 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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Author: Martin Aranovitch

Martin Aranovitch is the owner of WPCompendium.org and the author of The WordPress User Manual. WPCompendium.org provides hundreds of FREE tutorials that show you how to use WordPress to grow your business online with no coding skills required! Get our FREE "101+ WordPress Tips, Tricks & Hacks For Non-Techies" e-course with loads of useful WordPress tips!

Originally published as WordPress Plugins For Managing WordPress Post Revisions.