Every WordPress website may go slower with time. There are several reasons why this might happen but one of the biggest ones is related to the Database.
So one way to optimize your entire WordPress website is by optimizing its Database in the first place.
Why this needs to be done?
The main reason is the speed of the website. WordPress relies strongly to its Database. Each post that you write, each page that you create or any other peace of content is stored there. Only the multimedia files and the theme files are on your server. So I hope that you understand why an unoptimized Database might drastically slow down your WordPress.
Why the Database becomes unoptimized in time?
The answer again lies in the way WordPress works. Like I have written above – every type of content and your entire website structure is stored there. Each change also is stored. Do you edit your pages or posts regularly? If so have you notices the list of revisions that are there? You are actually allowed to restore even the earliest version of each post/page. And you can imagine that this makes the utilization of the Database harder and thus WordPress is getting slower.
But not only revisions are the main problem. Each comment, each trackback for a published post, the trash for posts/pages/comments, etc. – all of these are making the Database bigger in size and slower in speed.
How to optimize the Database?
By using a professional solution that works flawlessly and in the mean time it is easy to use. Such solution is WP-Optimize.
After you install and activate this plugin you will be able to reduce the size of the Database and speed it up. This precious tool does not need PhpMyAdmin to do its work. And speaking of its work – WP-Optimize cleans up your Database tables and optimizes them.
Here are the most important optimization features of the plugin:
- Stop the trackbacks for your published posts;
- Do the same with the comments;
- Remove the unnecessary post and page revisions – you really don’t need all of them since you have finalized your post or page, right? :);
- Clear up the SPAM comments – when they are detected and marked as such they are also stored in the Database and this is a speed issue;
- Remove the unapproved comments as well for the very same reason;
- Delete the comments that are in your WordPress trash – since you have decided to delete them in the first place you should remove them entirely;
- If you are using Akismet then there will be stored metadata for each comment. You can now remove it via WP-Optimize;
- There are other metadata for your comments that might be useless so WP-Optimize can optimize your WordPress by cleaning them up;
- Remove each pingback and trackback;
- Remove the auto-drafts – they are useless in most of the times and they can only slow-down your WordPress;
- Remove transient options;
- Delete your content trash – i.e. posts and pages that are not needed and that you have decided to delete. This time this happens for real and aids for your WordPress optimization;
Since this is a powerful plugin it provides different options for its usage:
- If you need to manage your WordPress website from your mobile device (phone, tablet, etc) then you will be happy to know that WP-Optimize is 100% mobile-friendly. This means that its backend panel will allow you to operate and set-up the plugin without any problem even on the smallest screens on the go;
- Clean up all of the above automatically with the usage of retention if enabled;
- Keep some of the data for a selected number of weeks when WP-Optimize is cleaning up;
- Keep the link for the plugin on the WordPress admin bar or not;
- Schedule your Database optimization on a weekly basis;
- Provide you with Database table statistics. This is very useful since it allows you to know the exact amount of space that is possible for optimization and the space that has been cleared after WP-Optimize has done its tasks;
This wonderful plugin is applying native WordPress MySQL commands for optimization. It is also available for the users with role Administrator – other users won’t have access to its functionality for security reasons. When an automatic cleanup has occured you will receive an email notification.
When you are setting up your optimization options you will notice some red items. These are considered potentially dangerous. This means that if you let WP-Optimize apply them you might break up your WordPress Database and website. So use them with caution especially if you are a beginner. The other options are considered potentially safe however you should always make a complete backup before you attempt to use WP-Optimize especially if you are using it for the very first time on your WordPress website.
Here you can see how the WP-Optimize panel looks like:
And here is its famous mobile-device friendly version that allows you to optimize WordPress on the go:
So would you give WP-Optimize a try, friends? This is a vey high rated plugin (more than 200 5 stars are given by the WordPress community). Share your thoughts in the comment section below. Also me and the The CMS Place’s team will be thankful if you share this post on social media.
If you have any questions or remarks, please feel free to comment as well.
See you soon friends!
*The images above are embedded from the official WordPress.org page of the plugin.