3 Simple Ways to Optimize Your WordPress Database

Recent surveys have unveiled some shocking statistics: approximately 80% of internet users who are disappointed with a site’s performance are likely to avoid it in the future. If you want your online business to be profitable then you have to focus on speed. Cleaning up your database is a great way to improve performance and avoid server crashes.

Here we have discussed the some of the easiest database optimization techniques. Please note that these strategies are only applicable to self-hosted WordPress websites.

1. Database Optimization Plug-ins

Setting up an optimization plugin is the easiest and perhaps the best way to keep your WordPress DB running smoothly. There are many high-quality plug-ins available in the official WordPress archive which can automate the cleanup process and give you enough time to focus on more important things such as content creation and SEO. Two of these plugins are given below:

Database Browser: As the name suggests, this nifty WordPress plugin allows you to browse through your database and run SQL queries. However this plugin is not for inexperienced users because it requires SQL knowledge.

Better Delete Revisions: Revisions are a great way to keep track of changes in posts and pages but they can also create a mess in your database. Better Delete Revisions is a WordPress plugin that aims to fix this problem. It removes all the revisions from your database making it cleaner and faster.

2. Working with PHPMyAdmin

PhpMyAdmin is an online database administration software that you can use to create tables, run queries, conduct clean up activities, add new databases and back up existing ones. Also there are many basic optimizations which can be done in phpMyAdmin.

To get started, go to the cPanel dashboard and click the phpMyAdmin icon. You’ll then be presented with a list of database tables. To optimize and repair them quickly, simply choose everything by clicking on “Check All” and select “Optimize All” from the dropdown menu. Doing so will automatically optimize the tables. If you want to delete unnecessary rows you can browse through individual tables to do so.

3. Using the command line

If your blog is on a VPS or a dedicated server then it’s very likely that you can complete the optimization tasks using SSH command line. Just use this command:

mysqlcheck -u [username] -p [password] -o [database name]

Database optimization is a great way to speed up a website but for some reason it is often ignored by WordPress users. If you follow the guidelines given here, your website will become faster and less prone to problems.