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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.

Content Revision Management Using Plugins

As soon as you save pages and posts, WordPress begins to store new revisions in its database. These are displayed in a Revisions list below the post editor …

(Post Editor screen – Viewing the revisions box)

Autosave and post revisions are no doubt features that help make work more productive. If you write and edit extensively, however, the number of revisions can start to build up. This can significantly grow the size of your WordPress database, so it’s important to be able to manage your revisions.

(Your WordPress database could be storing lots of unnecessary data)

For example, if there are 200 posts published on your site and each post has an average of 10 revisions you could be storing an extra 2,000 copies of unnecessary data. If your post is approximately 100KB data, then with 2,000 revisions of that post, the total database space wasted is about 200MB.

The good news is that there are some great (and free) plugins available to help you control and 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 deletes redundant post revisions from your WordPress database as well as other database content belonging to each revision like tags, relationships, meta information, 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 admin section, then go to the navigation menu and choose click on Settings > Better Delete Revision

(Better Delete Revision – WordPress Settings Menu)

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

(Better Delete Revision Manager – Check Revision Posts)

A list of post revisions stored in the WP database will be returned on the screen …

(Better Delete Revision Manager – List of post revisions)

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

(Remove list of post revisions)

The unnecessary post information will be deleted from your database …

(Better Delete Revision – Revisions list removed)

After a period of time and depending on the amount of content you have published on your site, therefore, we recommend running the tool again to keep your WP database as lean as possible, since WordPress will automatically begin to save all revisions again (unless you have turned the feature off) …

(Revisions automatically start again!)

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

(Optimize the database – Better Delete Revision)

Better Delete Revision checks to see if your database tables need optimization and lets you run an easy one-click optimization routine without the need to log into your server control panel or mess with complicated database management software …

(Better Delete Revision checks if your database tables need optimization)

For more details, go here}:

Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions)

OptimizeDatabase not only lets you prune redundant revisions of pages and posts (it also lets you keep an ‘x’-amount of the most recent revisions) and lets you perform a one-click cleaning and optimization maintenance routine, it also lets you do maintenance tasks such as:

(Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions – Settings Screen)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Optimize

(WP-Optimize WP Plugin)

In addition to deleting redundant revisions of posts and pages and performing optimization maintenance, WP Optimize also lets you do the following:

(WP Optimize Plugin For WordPress – Settings)

For more details, go here}:

WP-Sweep

(WP-Sweep)

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

(WP-Sweep Plugin For WordPress – Settings Panel)

For more details, go here}:

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

(WordPress Plugins Menu – Add New Plugin)

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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