How to optimize Your Word Press DataBase?
For a business, a website is its online market place.
Website is the go-to online destination for a visitor searching for something or looking to buy a product. It needs to be both top-performing and fast on mobile and desktop to retain and force action from a visitor.
If your website takes more than a few seconds to load chances are that your viewers get restless and leave the site. That’s why loading speed is considered a Word Press user’s nightmare!
A fast loading website is a vital asset for your online business! Additionally, an improved speed may result in reducing the complication of the site, thus making it more user-friendly. All you’ve to do is to find a balance between functionality vs loading-speed restrictions.
On being said that, you’ll find every process of improving the loading speed extremely crucial. However, most of them don’t state about a sure shot method of decreasing the loading time, which is – optimize the Word Press database efficiently. Well, optimizing a database might appear quite strenuous to the users who are new in Word Press.
So, stay tuned with us to dive deep into the realms of the Word Press:
At the time of a standard Word Press installation, you’ll have to create 12 tables to store important information about your website. Then, you’ll have to check out “Database Description” available at Word Press support to have an idea about what each table contains. Most probably, these tables contain data, amongst other things, pages, comments, blog posts, post revisions, pingbacks, and drafts.
No wonder, you’ve to install plugins that help in creating other tables (one blog can have many tables). They contain both essential and meaningless data so you’ll have to remove the useless data. After you’ve deleted that unnecessary data, your Word Press databases start to perform smoother, thus reducing the loading time of your website.
How to Optimize WordPress Databases?
Before moving onto your databases, make sure you’ve made a complete backup of your website.
You can’t skip this part else any error results in the complete crash of your website!
In case, if your host doesn’t use cPanel, you can access WordPress databases using PhpMyAdmin or the same tool.
With this, you’ll get all of your website’s tables then you can handle each table separately or together.
When it comes to us, we prefer checking all our tables (tools like PhpMyAdmin have the in-built option to review all tables). All you’ve to do is to select them to optimize and ta-da! You’ve optimized your website!
Hacks to Remove Irrelevant Data
The best part is that Word Press has put no limitations on the number of revisions. There can be as many as 30 revisions for a single post on your website.
But, these revisions may bloat the database. That’s why you should restrict the number of revisions stored in your database. Go to your file manager, open up the wp-config.php file, and insert this line of code:
2) Define (‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, 3)
Now Word Press stores only the new three revisions. You can change the number of revisions as per your needs.
Press autosaves your articles within every 60 seconds. If you change this interval, you can avoid bloating the database. Just go to the wp-config.php file and add the following line of code:
4) Define (‘AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL’, 240);
You can change the interval of time whenever you need it; which gets measured in terms of seconds.
Your database gets overloaded with trash since, by default, Word Press records deleted item for 30 days. You can decrease this span to make your website run faster. So, head to the wp-config.php file and add the following line of code:
Define (‘EMPTY_TRASH_DAYS’, 3);
You can change this interval as per your needs.
Plugins to Optimize WordPress Database
Well, Word Press also gives the option to optimize your database manually.
But remember it may get frustrating, and time-consuming you need to remember doing it daily. So, it’s a better idea to install a plugin which can do it regularly and even better. Here are three best tricks:
This plugin is most popularly users for database optimization! WP-Optimize easy to use and can also be used by freshers in the field of Word Press. After you’ve installed and activated it, you can do table optimization and do clean-ups from time to time.
This plugin can come handy for many other things like deleting unnecessary post revisions, removing pingbacks and trackbacks, showing database stats, etc.
2) WP-DB Manager
This plugin is an option to WP-Optimize. It executes all type of actions in your database. WP-DB Manager restores, optimizes, and repairs a database and cleans the tables. It also helps you set up a clean-up from time-to-time.
3) Plugins Garbage Collector
It’s next to impossible not to use a plugin for your Word Press site. There could be chances that you’ve installed and deleted plugins, but you didn’t focus on the tables left in your database.
Cleaning these tables one by one is a bit time-consuming, and you might end up deleting user data.
Having a website that takes more than a few seconds to load can be irritating for a visitor. Hence optimizing your blogs effectively reduces the loading time and thus enhances the website performance.
With this, we would also love to hear from you how you manage to optimize your WordPress database effectively?
Feel free to share your thoughts.