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Deleting Revisions

  1. "Allowing WordPress users the ability to delete revisions would save disk space and the planet"

    I'm 60 y.o. and have been using computers since 1978. My first computer had duel 360k floppy drives and 512k of RAM.

    I just can't get used to the extravagant waste of HD space that goes on these days.

    It really bothers me that revisions are extended to 25 copies. I can't think of a single instance where I have had to use an earlier revision.

    When I revise a page or post, that's the final word! Period!

    Then there's the environmental issue. Collectively, servers use a lot of energy.

    I'm not a "tree-hugger" wacko. I love technology. Let's just use reason here.

  2. Yes please, I agree.
    Especially the ability to delete and manage revisions per post.
    I know there is this setting to limit it globally in the wp-config.php
    define( 'WP_POST_REVISIONS', 3 );
    But sometimes you see a post with this message:
    There is an autosave of this post that is more recent than the version below. View the autosave
    But I have just fixed it and now the autosave is the wrong one.
    It keeps popping up and if only I could delete it...

  3. @xtedx

    Your code post is for a WordPress.ORG installed blog - you can't edit code at WordPress.COM

    For more on the difference: http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  4. @auxclass
    Ah yes.. thanks, I forgot .com has no wp-config editing..
    But my arguments for the autosave and managing revisions per post are still valid.

  5. Logically, it would be advantageous for WordPress to allow this because it would save HD space, power usage, etc. It all adds up to wasted $$

    In my younger days I was a production manager at a transformer manufacturing company. One of my responsibilites was to manage efficiency in all areas. Labor, materials, power usage, etc.
    I still have an "efficiency" mindset even though I'm retired.
    Needless to say, inefficiency really bothers me.

  6. Publish first drafts and problem solved!

  7. You are correct! Thank you very much!
    But this only helps those that are aware of this method.
    I wonder how many gigabytes of wasted disk space there is on the WordPress servers.

  8. @raincoaster, @kevinkordes
    I'm a bit stupid, I don't understand your hint. How can I avoid revisions? I have posts which I published directly and others via drafts and all have revisions - which I also don't need and don't want. Can you please tell more detailed how you act?

  9. I don't understand your concern. WordPress.com is hosting your blog free of charge. The hosting is cloud based and they have 3 HUGE server farms. I am visually challenged and I almost always have 25 revisions per post but I don't worry about it.

  10. How can I avoid revisions?

    You can use an offline blog editor to create posts and pages and and publish from it to your blog. http://en.support.wordpress.com/xml-rpc/

  11. Also, if you use the New Post button, the autosave never kicks in, so you never have any revisions. Unfortunately in a lot of cases that means you lose the entire post, but it's a tradeoff.

  12. Thanks for your comments.
    @timethief - I am grateful to WP for my free blog and it's not that important, but the feature wastes my space. And I don't need the revisions. Why aren't they erasable?
    I do prepare my posts with a simple text editor, but there are always some minor changes to do after import, like positioning the pictures or correct a typing error. And as I sad, I'm stupid and see these things only after a while.

  13. but the feature wastes my space.

    The only space that has a quota on is the Media, the text is not counted, so maybe not as efficient as you want, but no penalty for the revisions

  14. This is good news, even if I'm far, far away from having used up my space. So I leave it to WP being concerned about that...Thanks! And Good Night.

  15. Once you have the final version, create a new post and paste it into it. Then delete the old post.

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