The backbone of your WordPress website is it’s database. It’s where all your valuable content lives. Because of this, it’s important to become familiar and comfortable with managing your database. As your blog grows, it will become larger and unwieldy. When this happens, things can go wrong. So it’s important to have backups and to know how to troubleshoot WordPress database issues.
Below are five plugins that will help you manage your WordPress mySQL database.
Search and Replace
This plugin does one thing and it does it well. It will run a search through your entire database and do a find and replace. Why would you ever need to do this? Well, if you moved domain names for example, you would need to manually replace all your internal links to make them point to the new URL. With this simple tool, you can find all the old instances of your URL and replace it with the new one.
Backing up is very important. Many people don’t realize that they need to keep a copy of their database handy in case something happens. It is very hard to recover from losing your database. Databases like to go wonky and get corrupted. Sometimes your site will continue to work even when this happens. Then one day, it will stop working. So, you need to make regular backups of your database and keep all of them. That way you can restore your database back to a time when the database wasn’t corrupted. The great thing about this plugin is that it will automate the backups and then e-mail them to you.
Figment Thinking WordPress Database Table Optimizer
You need to occasionally optimize your WordPress database. That means cleaning out empty tables, old data, etc. This plugin will make database optimization simple.
Your database is hosted on it’s own server and every time a page is loaded, information is pulled from the database. If you got a sudden burst of traffic from a social networking site, it could bring your database server down. This plugin will help prevent that by creating static HTML pages automatically if a post becomes popular enough. The only downside it that internal Statistic plugins won’t register the static page and you’ll have to always refresh your theme when you make changes.
This is a fantastic tool. It will give you complete control over your entire WordPress database. It allows you to optimize your database, repair your database, backup your database, restore your database from a backup, delete backup databases, drop/empty tables and run mySQL queries. It will also allow you to setup automatic schedules for backing up and optimizing of your database. This is an excellent tool to have and it’s very worth learning how to use it. It could save your blog one day.
Using the plugins above, you will have much more control over your WordPress database. It is very important to keep an updated backup because bad things can sometimes happen and the worst thing of all is losing your posts and pages.
Do you have any other WordPress database plugins you recommend?