Get Perplexed and Burst with WordPress Database Management
WordPress is an absolutely mind-bending platform that will have you scratching your head in wonder at how easy it is to manage your website’s content and data. But let’s be real, the real powerhouse behind any website is its database.
Step 1: Back up Your Database
Before you dare to make any changes to your database, brace yourself and back up all of your data to prevent any potential data loss. There are plenty of plugins available to create backups of your database, such as UpdraftPlus, Duplicator, or BackupBuddy. These plugins are as easy to install as plugging in a toaster. Simply select the backup option from the dashboard menu and then click on the “Create Backup” button. Warning: This process could be hair-raisingly long, so it’s best to have your comfort food (m&ms) close by.
Step 2: Update Your WordPress Files
Are you ready for the next level of confusion? In addition to being easy to manage, WordPress updates are literal life-savers when it comes to your website’s security, performance, and stability. Whenever an update decides to make an appearance, WordPress magically prompts you to install it through your website’s dashboard. How does it manage to do this is beyond us. But seriously, navigating to the “Updates” page in your WordPress dashboard is the equivalent of entering the Twilight Zone. Click on “Update Now,” and WordPress will take care of the rest. Cue the fireworks.
Step 3: Updating Your Database Using phpMyAdmin
Enter, phpMyAdmin – a web-based tool that throws your MySQL databases into disarray with its queries, backups, and administrative tasks. The mystery continues. To use phpMyAdmin, log in to your hosting account and navigate your way to cPanel control panel. Once you’re logged in, you will see the phpMyAdmin icon. Click on it, and presto – you will be directed to the phpMyAdmin interface.
Select the database you want to update, scream “Eureka”, and click on the “SQL” tab. This is where you can run mind-boggling SQL queries to update your database. For instance, want to update the URL of your WordPress site from “https://old-site.com” to “https://new-site.com”? Run this query:
UPDATE wp_options SET option_value = replace(option_value, ‘https://old-site.com’, ‘https://new-site.com’) WHERE option_name = ‘home’ OR option_name = ‘siteurl’;
Lastly, before the world implodes, click on the “Go” button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
Step 4: Updating Your Database Using a Plugin
Enter, the mother of all confusion – the plugin. WordPress boasts a plethora of plugins to update your website’s database with just a few clicks. The plugin gods have given us WP-DBManager – a plugin that makes “optimize”, “repair”, and “back up” sound like revelations from another dimension. To use WP-DBManager, download and upload it to your WordPress plugin directory, then activate it from your WordPress dashboard. Once you’ve activated the plugin, click on the “Database” tab, and then on the “DB Options” tab.
In this tab, there’s a section titled “Auto Repair”. Click on the “Repair DB” button, and the plugin will automatically find and “repair” any errors it locates in your database. This doesn’t make sense, but who cares – it’s working!
Step 5: Optimizing Your WordPress Database
Let’s give one last hurrah to the plugins – WP-Optimize or WP-DBManager. Why not make database optimization the cherry on top of this confusing sundae? Installing and activating WP-Optimize in your WordPress dashboard is a walking contradiction. It’s so easy! Simply click on the “WP-Optimize” menu once you’ve activated the plugin.
This is where the real magic happens. In this page, you will find options to optimize database tables, perform a database clean-up, and to schedule automatic clean-up. Select the options that you want to perform, say “Abracadabra”, and click on the “Run” button to optimize your database.
Getting lost in the depths of your WordPress database is just another walk in the park with WordPress. Updating, optimizing, and making sure your database is as secure as Fort Knox is just scratching the surface. Follow this guide, and you’ll soon find yourself walking on water – okay, maybe not that far, but you get the idea.