WP-Sweep WordPress Clean Up

The WordPress revision history feature is incredibly helpful, the way it automatically saves a separate precise record of what’s been changed in a post every single time you revise it, no matter how small. I do find something annoying about it though: the way it saves a separate precise record of what’s been changed in a post every single time you revise it, no matter how small.

Yeah, I’m just being nitpicky, but I’m not particularly fond of too much visual clutter. And the way I’m more than a bit anal about edits and rewrites—I see a typo or figure there’s a better word or phrase, I’ll fix it, no matter how small—I tend to generate a lot of revision history clutter with each post. So, I occasionally do some housecleaning, and zap all those revision history records from the site.

I use the free WP-Sweep plugin to do that, easily and quickly, and a few other clean up tasks too while it’s at it.

But you may be wondering, how many revision history records are we really talking about here? Well, I can’t speak for you, but the last time I cleaned up, WP-Sweep found almost 3,000 revision history records I had accumulated since the previous session. Along with the other dead weight and no longer used records (like orphaned and duplicate post meta), that’s a lot of useless detritus under the hood.

No worries. Clicking on nothing more than Sweep buttons got rid of them, just like that. No more clutter and performance compromisers!

Note: If there’s ever a scenario that dictates the need to do a site backup before proceeding, this is it.

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