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 update a post or page, WordPress begins to store revisions for your content in its database. These show up in a Revisions section at the bottom of the page editor …
Having access to features like autosave and automatic revisions is undoubtedly very useful. If you write or edit a lot of content, however, over time the number of revisions can start building up. This can significantly grow the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to manage your revisions.
(Post revisions can really add up after a while)
For example, if you have 200 posts published on your site and each post has 20 revisions your WordPress database could be storing an extra 4,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 4,000 post revisions, the total database space wasted is about 400MB.
Fortunately, there are some great plugins for WordPress available that can help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at a few of these:
(Better Delete Revision Plugin For WordPress)
Better Delete Revision deletes redundant revisions of posts from your database as well as other revision-related content like meta data, tags, relationships, and more.
After installing and activating the plugin, you can perform optimizations on your database without having to log into your server.
Log into your WordPress site, then go to your navigation menu and choose choose Settings > Better Delete Revision …
(Better Delete Revision – Settings Menu)
This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager area. Click the ‘Check Revision Posts’ button to calculate how many redundant post revisions you can safely delete from your database …
(Better Delete Revision Manager – Check Revision Posts)
A table of post revisions stored in the WP database will display on the screen …
Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ to remove all list items from the WordPress database …
(Delete list of post revisions – Better Delete Revision)
The redundant data will be removed from your WordPress database …
After some time has passed, therefore, we recommend repeating this process to keep your WordPress database as lean as possible, since WordPress automatically begins storing your new post revisions again …
(WordPress will automatically begin to store post revisions again!)
You can also use the plugin to optimize your database …
(Optimize your WordPress database – Better Delete Revision Manager)
The plugin checks to see if your database tables need to be optimized and provides a one-click table optimization feature without requiring you to log into your server panel or use complicated database management software …
(Better Delete Revision lets you perform an easy one-click optimization routine)
Visit this site to learn more about this WordPress plugin:
(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)
The Optimize Database plugin not only can be used to delete unnecessary revisions of pages and posts (with the option of keeping a specific number of your most recent revisions) and checks if the database needs optimization, it also lets you do the following:
- Delete trashed comments, posts, and pages
- Delete spammed comments
- Delete ’pingbacks’ and ‘trackbacks’
- Exclude selected tables or specific pages/posts from optimization
- Automatically schedule optimizations
- And more!
(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings)
For more details about using this plugin, go here:
(WP Optimize WordPress Plugin)
In addition to performing tasks such as removing redundant post and page revisions and performing table optimization routines, this plugin also lets you do database maintenance tasks like:
- Enable/Disable comments for all published posts
- Remove akismet metadata from comments
- Mobile device friendly (optimize your site from anywhere)
- Removal of all trackbacks and pingbacks
- Clear out post trash
- Ability to retain data from selected number of weeks when cleaning up
- Option to add or remove link on WP admin bar
- Enable/Disable weekly optimization schedules
- View database table statistics
- E-mail notifications on scheduled database cleanup
- Highlights potentially dangerous cleanup operations in red
- And more!
(WP-Optimize Plugin – Settings)
For more information, go here:
(WP Sweep Plugin For WordPress)
WP Sweep lets you clean up duplicated, unused, and orphaned data in the database, including revisions. This plugin cleans up:
- Auto drafts
- Unapproved comments
- Orphan post meta
- Duplicated post meta
- Unused terms
- And more!
(WPSweep Plugin – Settings Panel)
To view more plugins that can help you manage post revisions and optimize your database, go to Plugins > Add New and type in keywords like “Revisions“, “Optimize“, etc …
(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.
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