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.

Content Revision Management Using Plugins

As soon as you update a post or page, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These appear in a Revisions section below the page editor …

View the post revisions list

(Post Editor screen – Viewing the WordPress revisions list)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt functions that help make work more productive. If you write and edit a lot of content, however, the revisions can start to build up. This can significantly increase 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

(As you write more posts, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if you have 100 posts published on your site and each post has 10 revisions your WordPress database could be storing around 1,000 copies of old data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 1,000 post revisions, the total space wasted is about 100MB.

The good news is that there are some really great free WordPress plugins to help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your WordPress database. Here are a few:

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision WP Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin)

Better Delete Revision removes redundant revisions of posts from your WordPress database as well as other revision-related content like tags, relationships, meta data, 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 site, then go to the navigation menu and choose click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

Settings Menu - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Settings)

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

Check Revision Posts - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – Check Revision Posts)

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

Better Delete Revision - Posts revisions

(Posts revisions list)

Click on the button below the list to clear the items from the WP database, or exit the tool with your post revisions undeleted …

Better Delete Revision - Clear posts revisions list

(Better Delete Revision – Clear list of revisions)

The redundant post revisions will be cleared from the WordPress database …

List of post revisions removed

(Post revisions list cleared)

Useful Tip

After some time has passed and depending on the amount of content you have published on your website, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WP database as lean as possible, since WordPress automatically begins to save all revisions again (unless you have turned the feature off) …

WordPress automatically begins to save all new revisions again!

(WordPress automatically begins storing all new post revisions again!)

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

Better Delete Revision - Optimize the WP database

(Better Delete Revision – Optimize your database)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if the database tables need to be optimized and runs a one-click database optimization routine without requiring you to log into your server panel …

Better Delete Revision checks if the database needs optimization

(Better Delete Revision checks if the WordPress database tables need to be optimized)

Visit the plugin site to learn more about this plugin:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WordPress Plugin

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress)

OptimizeDatabase not only lets you remove redundant page and post revisions (it also lets you keep a specific number of your most recent revisions) and lets you perform an easy one-click cleaning and optimization routine, it also lets you perform the following optional maintenance tasks:

  • Delete trashed posts, comments, and pages
  • Delete unused tags
  • Delete ‘expired transients’
  • Exclude certain tables or specific pages/posts from optimization
  • Create a log file of the optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress - Settings

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

Go here to learn more about using this WordPress plugin:

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin

(WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress)

In addition to cleaning redundant revisions of pages and posts and checking if the WordPress database tables need optimization, this plugin also lets you do maintenance tasks like:

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

WP-Optimize WordPress Plugin - Settings Page

(WP Optimize WordPress Plugin – Settings Screen)

More info:

WP-Sweep

WP Sweep - WordPress Plugin

(WP-Sweep Plugin)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Unapproved comments
  • Orphan term meta
  • Duplicated post meta
  • Transient options
  • And more!

WP Sweep - WordPress Plugin Settings Screen

(WP-Sweep WP Plugin – Settings)

Go here for more details:

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

Plugins Menu - Add Plugins

(Add New – 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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