How to Disable and Remove Old Post Revisions in WordPress

How to Disable and Remove Old Post Revisions in WordPress

Occasionally updating or revising a post on your WordPress site isn’t a time-consuming task. It also doesn’t take up a lot of space. However, over time, revisions do start to add up and can eventually take up a considerable amount of space on your database.

Whether you’re in a pursuit to free up some much-needed space or prevent the matter altogether, disabling or removing old post revisions from your WordPress site is an available option. Doing either can help reduce database bloat and optimize performance.

In this post, we’ll discuss what post revisions are and how they can be used. We’ll explain why you’d want to disable, limit, or remove them, and walk you how to do each one. Let’s get started!

What Is a Post Revision?

Post revisions, which are sometimes referred to as revisions, are a built-in feature of WordPress. They are useful because they make it easy to revert to a previous version of a post and undo the changes you made.

For example, let’s say you decided to delete some paragraphs in your post. However, later, you realize that edit was a mistake and want to recover the information you eliminated. With post revisions, you can easily do that.

In WordPress Gutenberg, this feature is located on the right navigation panel under Document > Revisions:

 

If you’re still using the Classic Editor, you can find the revisions under the Publish box, also in the right navigation panel:

The post revisions tracker in the classic editor of WordPress.

When you’re viewing revisions, WordPress shows you the new information that was added as well as what was removed through respective highlighting. New changes will be highlighted in green:

A preview of the post revisions in WordPress.

There’s also a mode to compare versions of the revisions. When you select the version you want, you can click on the Restore This Version button.

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This article was written by John Hughes and originally published on WPKube.

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