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 WordPress Plugins

As soon as you edit and save a post/page, WordPress begins to store revisions of your content in its database. These appear in a Revisions section at the bottom of the page editor …

Post Editor section - View the WordPress revisions box

(Post Editor screen – View the WordPress revisions box)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt features that help make work more efficient. If you write or edit often, however, the number of revisions can start to build up. This can significantly grow the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to also be able 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 300 posts published on your site and each post has 20 revisions your database could be storing an extra 6,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 6,000 revisions of that post, the total database space wasted is about 600MB.

The good news is that there are several plugins to help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Here are some of these:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision WP Plugin

(Better Delete Revision)

Better Delete Revision removes redundant revisions of posts from your database and other revision-related content such as relationships, tags, meta data, and more.

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

Log into your administration section and click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WordPress Settings

(Better Delete Revision – Settings)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click the ‘Check Revision Posts’ button to calculate how many redundant post revisions you can safely remove from the WordPress database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

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

List of revisions

(Better Delete Revision – List of post revisions)

Click on the button below the list to clear all items from the WordPress database, or abandon the operation and exit the page with your post revisions undeleted …

Delete posts revisions list

(Clear posts revisions)

The redundant revisions will be deleted from your WP database …

Better Delete Revision - List of revisions removed

(List of revisions cleared)

Practical Tip

After a while and depending on the number of posts you have published on your site and their related post revisions, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WP database as light as possible, since WordPress automatically begins saving all new revisions again …

WordPress automatically begins saving all post revisions again!

(Revisions automatically start being stored again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize your site’s database …

Optimize your WP database - Better Delete Revision

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

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your WordPress database needs to be optimized and provides a one-click WP database table optimization maintenance routine without requiring you to log into your hosting control panel …

Better Delete Revision checks if your WordPress database needs optimization

(Better Delete Revision checks if your 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 Plugin For WordPress)

OptimizeDatabase not only can be used to remove unnecessary post and page revisions (with the added option to keep an ’x’ amount of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click cleaning and optimization routine, it also lets you do the following optional tasks:

  • Delete trashed comments, pages, and posts
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ‘expired transients’
  • Exclude certain tables and/or specific pages/posts 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 WordPress Plugin

(WP Optimize WordPress Plugin)

In addition to deleting unnecessary revisions of posts and pages and checking if the database needs optimization, this plugin also lets you do the following:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Removal of spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site anywhere, anytime)
  • Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clear out 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
  • Display database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • Receive email notifications on scheduled database cleanup
  • Marks potentially dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - Settings

(WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP Sweep Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

WP Sweep allows you to clean up duplicated, orphaned, and unused data in the WP database, including post revisions. This plugin cleans up:

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphaned term meta
  • Duplicated term meta
  • Transient options
  • 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 WP database, go to Plugins > Add New and search for keywords like “Revisions“, “Optimize Database“, etc …

Add New Plugin - WordPress Plugins Menu

(Add New Plugin – 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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