Making Your WordPress Website’s Database Fast and Lightweight

These days the popularity of mobile devices is on the rise. While this has created a whole multitude of exciting new opportunities for website owners and bloggers, it has also given rise to some serious issues. The biggest one is that the internet connections available on mobile devices are often painfully slow which means that even if a website loads normally on a computer it is likely to take a lot of time on a phone or tablet. If you want to stay ahead of the curve then it is extremely important that you make your website as fast as possible. There are a number of ways to decrease page load times but the one we will be discussing here is database optimization.

WordPress is undoubtedly the best CMS in terms of user-friendliness but it is not the fastest. In order to provide a consistent experience to users, this software has to store a lot of unnecessary items in its database. Deleting these items is a surefire way of speeding up your website.

In the following paragraphs the main database optimization techniques have been mentioned:

1. Cleanup in PHPMyAdmin

If you have worked with cPanel then you probably have stumbled upon the module called PhpMyAdmin. It’s a superb tool for searching through database tables and running SQL queries. What’s more, it provides many useful optimization tools. In the following paragraph you will learn how to make use of these tools.

To get started, simply go to the cPanel dashboard and click on the phpMyAdmin icon. On many web servers users are logged in automatically but on others they are required to log in manually. After logging in you can browse through tables and delete the items that are not needed. Usually it is safe to delete post revisions, spam comments, trashed posts, trashed comments and auto-drafts.

2. Using plug-ins

If going through dozens of tables, looking for items to delete sounds like a bad idea then you can automate the optimization process with the help of plugins. There are a number of plugins that you can install to make your database leaner. However it is important that you do a little research before installing a particular plugin. If you are not careful enough you might end up losing precious data. Also, make sure you take a full backup before optimization.

By following the simple tips given here you can accelerate your blog significantly.