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.

Managing Content Revisions – WordPress Plugins

As soon as you create, edit, and update your posts and pages, WordPress begins to store revisions of the content in its database. These show up in a Revisions list at the bottom of your page editor …

View the WordPress post revisions list - Post Editor screen

(WordPress revisions list)

Autosave and revisions are no doubt features that help make work more productive. If you write or edit extensively, however, the number of revisions can start building 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

(Post revisions can really add up after a while)

For example, if you have 100 posts on your site and each post has an average of 15 revisions your WordPress database could be storing an extra 1,500 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 1,500 revisions of that post, the total space wasted is about 150MB.

The good news is that there are a number of free plugins to help you manage your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress 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 WordPress database and database content belonging to each revision like tags, relationships, meta information, and more.

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

Log into the Dashboard and choose Settings > Better Delete Revision

WP Settings - Better Delete Revision

(Settings – 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 removed from your database …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Check Revision Posts

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

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

Better Delete Revision Manager - Posts revisions list

(List of revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Click on the ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ button below the list to remove all items from your WP database, or cancel the operation and exit the tool …

Delete posts revisions

(Delete list of revisions)

The redundant items will be cleared from your WordPress database …

Revisions list removed

(List of post revisions deleted – Better Delete Revision)

Tip

As WordPress automatically saves your revisions, the process will automatically start again. After some time has passed and depending on the number of posts you have published on your website and their associated post revisions, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WordPress database as lean as possible …

Post revisions automatically start again!

(Revisions automatically start again!)

You can also use Better Delete Revisions to optimize your WP database …

Optimize the WP database

(Optimize the WordPress database)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the WordPress database tables need to be optimized and performs an easy one-click database optimization routine without requiring you to log into your hosting control panel or use technical database management applications …

Better Delete Revision checks if the WordPress database needs optimization

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

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin)

This plugin is similar to the one described above. It not only lets you remove unnecessary page and post revisions (with the added option to keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and checks if the WordPress database needs optimization, it also lets you do the following:

  • Delete trashed pages, comments, and posts
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ’orphan postmeta items’
  • Exclude specific posts/pages and tables from optimization
  • Automatically schedule optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress

(WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

In addition to performing tasks such as removing redundant page and post revisions and checking if your WP database needs to be optimized, this plugin also lets you perform maintenance tasks like:

  • Enable/Disable comments for published posts
  • Remove stale metadata from comments
  • Mobile device friendly
  • Remove all transient options
  • Clear out post trash
  • Ability to keep selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization scheduling
  • See database table statistics
  • E-mail notifications on automatic cleanup
  • Highlights dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP Optimize - WordPress Plugin Settings

(WP-Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

WP-Sweep lets you clean up duplicated, orphaned, and unused data in your WP database, including post revisions. This plugin cleans up:

  • Auto drafts
  • Spammed comments
  • Orphan term meta
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WPSweep Plugin - Settings Page

(WP Sweep – Settings)

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 database, go to Plugins > Add New and type in keywords like “Manage Revisions“, “Database Optimize“, etc …

Add New Plugins - WordPress Plugins Menu

(Add New – 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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