Old Plugins Clogging Your Database
In this video in you’ll learn how to make your WordPress website faster, remove clutter and streamline your database. If you have been using your WordPress blog for a while then most likely you have used plugins that you have deleted from you server. The thing is that a lot of plugins create and use its own database tables. Those tables are often left in your database after plugin deactivation and deletion. Being database-driven software, the performance of your WordPress blog is closely related to how efficient your database is. The bigger and messier your database is, the slower is the performance of your blog.
WordPress Plugins Garbage Collector
With the help of Plugins Garbage Collector you can simply remove plugins leftovers and clean up your database. It scans your WordPress database and shows what various things old plugins (which were deactivated or uninstalled) left in it. Cleanup is available.
You can search:
- None-WP tables – tables added and created by plugins
- WP tables – search for data added to native WordPress tables
- Red color rows with high probability show old deleted plugins forgotten tables, so-called plugins garbage, which can be deleted from your WordPress database with the help of Delete Tables button or some of your favorite database tools, e.g. phpMyAdmin.
- Blue color rows show tables which belong to deactivated plugins. Those tables are probably candidates for deletion after you decide to delete theirs parent plugins.
- Green color rows show tables which belong to active plugins. Those tables are now in use. You do not need to touch them.
After the scan is complete you have the option to delete tables that are marked in red, please keep in mind that this operation is NOT REVERSABLE so always double check tables you’re about to delete. Plugins Garbage Collector is the decision support tool only and its conclusion about table usage can be wrong in some cases. Final decision is for you – the blog owner. It is highly recommended to make database backup before applying any actions to your WordPress database.
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