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 Revisions Using Plugins

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

Post Editor screen - Viewing the WordPress post revisions box

(Post Editor section – Viewing the WordPress post revisions list)

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

Post revisions can really add up after a while

(Your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

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

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

Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision WP Plugin

(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)

This plugin deletes redundant revisions of posts from your database as well as database content associated with each revision such as relationships, meta information, tags, and more.

After installing and activating the plugin, you can optimize your WP database without having to log into your server.

In your WP Dashboard menu, choose Settings > Better Delete Revision

Better Delete Revision - WP Settings Menu

(Better Delete Revision – WP Settings Menu)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager area. Click ’Check Revision Posts’ to calculate how many redundant post revisions can be safely removed from your database …

Better Delete Revision - Check Revision Posts

(Check Revision Posts – Better Delete Revision)

Depending on the number of posts and revisions stored with each post entry, the plugin calculates and displays a table of revisions stored in the WordPress database …

List of post revisions - Better Delete Revision Manager

(Posts revisions – Better Delete Revision)

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

Clear list of revisions - Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Remove list of post revisions)

The unnecessary post information will be deleted from the database …

Better Delete Revision - List of revisions cleared

(Revisions deleted – Better Delete Revision Manager)

Tip

As WordPress automatically saves all post revisions, the process will automatically begin again (unless you have turned the feature off). After a period of time and depending on the number of posts you have published on your site, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as light as possible …

Post revisions automatically start being stored again!

(WordPress will automatically begin to store your revisions again!)

Like the other plugins described further below, you can also use the plugin to keep the WP database optimized …

Better Delete Revision Manager - Keep the WordPress database optimized

(Optimize your WordPress database)

The plugin checks to see if the database needs optimization and provides an easy one-click table optimization routine without the need to log into your server panel or mess with technical tools …

Better Delete Revision lets you perform a one-click database table optimization routine

(Better Delete Revision lets you perform a one-click optimization routine)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin For WordPress)

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

  • Delete trashed pages, posts, and comments
  • Delete spammed comments
  • Delete ’pingbacks’ and ‘trackbacks’
  • Exclude specific pages/posts and tables from optimization
  • Create a log file of the optimizations
  • And more!

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions WP Plugin - Settings

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

WP-Optimize Plugin

(WP Optimize WP Plugin)

In addition to removing unnecessary revisions of pages and posts and checking if your database needs to be optimized, this plugin also lets you perform database maintenance tasks like:

  • Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
  • Removal of stale spam comments
  • Mobile device friendly (optimize your site anywhere, anytime)
  • Removal of all transient options
  • Clean up auto draft posts
  • Ability to keep selected number of weeks data when cleaning up
  • Add or remove link on WP admin bar
  • Enable/Disable weekly optimization scheduling
  • Display database table statistics (e.g. how much space has been cleared
  • Receive email notifications on automatic database cleanups
  • Highlights dangerous cleanup options in red
  • And more!

WP-Optimize - Settings

(WP-Optimize – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

WP Sweep WP Plugin

(WP-Sweep WordPress Plugin)

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

  • Auto drafts
  • Deleted comments
  • Orphaned term relationships
  • Duplicated user meta
  • Unused terms
  • And more!

WP Sweep Plugin - Settings

(WPSweep – Settings Panel)

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“, “Optimize“, etc …

Add Plugin - Plugins Menu

(Plugins Menu – Add Plugins)

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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