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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.

Revision Management Plugins

As soon as you update pages and posts, WordPress begins to store revisions of the content in its database. These are displayed in a Revisions section below the post editor …

(View the post revisions list)

Having access to content workflow functions like autosave and automatic revisions is undoubtedly something that contributes to making work more efficient. If you write or edit a lot of content, however, the number of revisions can start building up. This can significantly bloat the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to manage your revisions.

(As post revisions accumulate, your database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if there are 300 posts published on your site and each post has 20 revisions your WordPress database could be storing around 6,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post averages 100KB data, then with 6,000 post revisions, the total database space wasted is about 600MB.

Fortunately, there are some great WordPress plugins that can help you control your revisions and reduce the size of your database. Let’s take a look at a few:

Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Plugin)

This plugin deletes redundant revisions of posts from your WordPress database and other revision-related content like tags, meta data, relationships, and more.

After the plugin has been installed and activated, you can optimize your database.

In your main menu section of your WordPress admin, select Settings > Better Delete Revision

(WP Settings Menu – Better Delete Revision)

This brings you to the Better Delete Revision Manager screen. Click the ‘Check Revision Posts’ button to calculate the number of redundant post revisions you can remove from the WP database …

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Check Revision Posts)

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

(List of revisions)

Click on ‘Yes, I would like to delete them! …’ to delete all list items from your WP database, or exit the plugin settings page …

(Delete list of revisions – Better Delete Revision Manager)

The redundant data will be deleted from the database …

(Revisions cleared)

After a period of time and depending on the number of posts you have published on your website, we recommend running the tool again to keep your database as light as possible, since WordPress automatically begins to save all new revisions again (unless you specifically turn the feature off) …

(WordPress will automatically begin saving your post revisions again!)

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

(Optimize your site’s database – Better Delete Revision)

The plugin checks to see if your WordPress database needs to be optimized and lets you perform a one-click database optimization routine without requiring you to log into your server panel …

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

For more details, go here}:

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 delete redundant post and page revisions (it also lets you keep an ‘x’-amount of the most recent revisions) and checks if your database needs cleaning and optimization, it also lets you do the following maintenance tasks:

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions Plugin – Settings)

For more details, go here}:


(WP Optimize – WordPress Plugin)

In addition to cleaning redundant post and page revisions and performing optimization maintenance routines, WP Optimize also lets you perform the following maintenance tasks:

(WP Optimize – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

WP Sweep

(WP Sweep WordPress Plugin)

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

(WPSweep – WordPress Plugin Settings)

For more details, go here}:

For 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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