Can your business afford the wasted space and performance? The good news is there are many things you can do to make this much easier to manage – which we will be detailing here.
First : Backup Your Database!
We see many businesses running without some kind of backup in place. Every website (such as WordPress) with a database should have this in place already, if you don’t we will be writing more on how this can be done in the near future. But definitely back everything up before trying anything else in this blog post! You can export the WordPress content itself as XML through the WordPress dashboard, but usually your hosting provider will also have a some kind of SQL (database) backup and management dashboard.
Plugins and Tools to Clean up a WordPress Database
As you can see here, some of these tasks you can actually take care of manually without even needing plugins. When was the last time you check your comment spam?
Similarly, you can see right away which plugins are likely to present more of a challenge for your database: those that store a lot of content. For example, a petition or feedback plugin might gather quite a bit of text from the user, spambots and other entities.
These tools are particularly good for identifying the less obvious clutter that gathers ‘under the hood’ and ensuring you do a good job of completely cleaing out WordPress’s database.
We hope this has been helpful, and if you are keen to let the experts clean up your website and give it a fresh bill of health, why not get in touch?