I pity the people who complain about having an unexpected bigger size database of their websites. Many people claim to have the database of 50 MB when the number of blog posts is only 60.
I say that it shouldn't exceed 15 MB when having 500 blog posts. Is that surprising? Well, it should be.
As you know, the user experience is the first thing which impacts the growth of your website, and page loading time of your website is directly proportional to user engagement.
Most of the WordPress users ignore the database optimization. Using a CDN, caching plugin, code minifying, and other tricks can't work if you don't focus on deleting the extra database tables.
I have already talked about entirely uninstalling a WordPress plugin using cPanel. In this tutorial, you're going to learn the easiest way to optimize your website's database using a plugin.
Yes, you have read it right, you don't need to deal with the scary coding files, all you need is to install a plugin and use it correctly.
Use WP-Sweep to Enhance your Website's Performance
Many people have a hot discussion about using WP-Sweep or any other optimization plugin. It's a shame that people often get confused between an image optimizer and a database optimization plugin.
Well, to run a WordPress website, it's the primary duty of its owner to learn these basics.
I know, most of the people rely on their tech guy, if not then the web hosting customer support. But such types of necessary things are vital for everyone.
Let me start the required steps.
Login to your WordPress admin panel and navigate to Plugins>>Add New. Search for WP Sweep in the search bar, and within a few seconds, a box appears to you.
Click on the Install Now button.
Depending on your speed, the plugin will get installed, and the Install button will turn into Activate.
Once you activate the plugin, it's essential to clear the cache of your website. I hope you use a caching plugin.
Now go to Tools>>Sweep, and you can see tons of options to optimize your database.
NOTE: Before you initiate anything, it's recommended to backup your WordPress database, it's because the sweep process is irreversible, you can see a warning message at the top.
The plugin will tell you the number of post revisions you have made, the percentage of optimization, and the action button.
Click on Sweep showing before anything you want to flush. It means the data will get deleted from your database tables.
You should know that whenever you revise or publish a blog post, it adds a new database table, which increases its size. You must keep an eye on such extra tables.
The next module is to optimize the database tables of your website comments. Just like blog posts, you can see the spammed comments, unapproved comments, deleted comments, Orphaned Comment Data, and Duplicated Comment Meta.
You can delete them by clicking on the Sweep button beside each.
Depending on your website, you may find some other tables to sweep, scroll down and find out.
If you scroll to the bottom, you can see two important options to use, Option Sweep and Database Sweep. Option Sweep helps you empty the Transient Options; it reduces the database size to a greater extent.
As you can notice, it will optimize the database of my website by 34.52%, isn't that amazing?
Have you checked it for your WordPress site? If not, do it as soon as possible. I remember when one of our clients had the database size of 84MB having only 92 blog posts with two custom pages, it was because of 220 post revisions and 3254 Transient Options.
I should also mention that if you don't filter your spam comments folder, it directly impacts the page loading time of your website.
Let's say you have 4000 comments in the spam, and you don't delete them, what would happen? They may consume the whole bandwidth of your server, and your website can go down at any moment.
The database optimization plugin allows you to sweep those comments.
Have You Ever Thought About Your Website's Database Size
I know you may have already spent hundreds of Dollars to improve your website's performance, you may also have paid to any freelancer, but did you get the result you wanted?
If not, you should try checking the database size. Most of the web developers, WordPress experts forget to notice this small thing.
I remember when the page loading time of a website went from 0.8 sec to 2.8 sec within one month, it was all because no one cared about the database optimization.
I am sure; you can't take such chances.
Everything revolves around improving the user experience; website speed is what you should never forget. As discussed earlier, the database is the backbone of your website; you should nurture it.
If you're not using any database optimization plugin, install one. Don't forget to repeat this process once a week. Keep your website healthy.