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 save your posts/pages, WordPress begins to store new post revisions in its database. These show up in a Revisions list below the page editor …

WordPress post revisions list - Post Editor section

(Post Editor screen – Viewing the WordPress revisions list)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt features that help create a more effective workflow. If you write or edit extensively, however, after a while the number of revisions can start building up. This can significantly bloat the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to be able to manage your revisions.

Your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data

(Your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if you have 10 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 5 revisions you could be storing up to 500 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 500 revisions, the total database space wasted is about 50MB.

Fortunately, there are several free WordPress plugins that can help you 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 Plugin For WordPress)

Better Delete Revision deletes redundant revisions of posts from your database and database content associated with each revision such as tags, relationships, meta information, and more.

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can use it to perform optimizations on your database.

Log into your WordPress site, then go to your navigation menu and click on choose Settings > Better Delete Revision

WordPress Settings Menu - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click ’Check Revision Posts’ to calculate the number of redundant post revisions can be safely deleted from your database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

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

Posts revisions list

(Better Delete Revision Manager – List of post revisions)

Click on the button below the list to delete all items from your WP database, or choose ‘No, I prefer to keep them!’ to exit the page …

Clear list of post revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Clear list of post revisions)

The redundant data will be removed from the WordPress database …

Revisions list deleted - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Revisions cleared – Better Delete Revision)

Tip

After a period of time and depending on the amount of content you have published on your site, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WordPress database as lean as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin to save post revisions again …

WordPress will automatically begin saving your post revisions again!

(Post revisions automatically start being stored again!)

Like the other plugins listed further below, you can also use the plugin to optimize your database …

Optimize the site's database

(Keep the database optimized)

The plugin checks to see if the WP database tables need optimization and provides a one-click table optimization function without requiring you to log into your hosting control panel or use technical database management applications …

Better Delete Revision checks if your WordPress database tables need 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

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you prune redundant revisions of pages and posts (with the added option of keeping a specific number of the most recent revisions) and checks if the WP database needs to be cleaned and optimized, it also lets you do the following optional maintenance tasks:

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

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress - Settings Screen

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize WP Plugin

(WP-Optimize – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to performing tasks such as removing redundant page and post revisions and performing cleaning and optimization routines, this plugin also lets you do database maintenance tasks such as:

  • Enable/Disable trackbacks for published posts
  • Removal of akismet metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site from anywhere)
  • Remove trackbacks and pingbacks
  • Clear out post trash
  • Ability to keep data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
  • Option to 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 cleanups
  • Highlights dangerous cleanup operations in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings

(WP Optimize WP Plugin – 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, this plugin also cleans up:

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphaned comment meta
  • Duplicated term meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WPSweep - WordPress Plugin Settings

(WPSweep WordPress Plugin – Settings Page)

For more details, go here}:

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

WordPress Plugins Menu - Add New Plugins

(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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