Blogs make use of content management systems that in turn depend on the combination of server-side scripting and databases. This allows bloggers to create dynamic content without needing to write HTML code every time they publish something.
Over time, the constant creation and modification of content causes a blog’s database to become unruly and possibly even corrupted. Optimizing your blog’s database can increase speed and overall performance. With a MySQL database, you can use a graphical tool like phpMyAdmin to make your optimizations. In most cases, you can access phpMyAdmin from within your web-based control panel, such as cPanel.
To optimize databases using phpMyAdmin, do the following:
- Login to phpMyAdmin
- Select the database you want to optimize
- Scroll to the bottom of the list of tables and click “Check All”
- Click the dropdown menu that says “With selected” and choose “optimize table”
If all goes well, it will say “Your SQL query has been executed successfully” and show the query itself below that message. Beneath the query, you can view the list of all tables and their “optimize status”. It most cases, it will return results like “OK” or “table is already up to date”.
When you execute the “OPTIMIZE TABLE” command in MySQL, you tell it to reclaim unused space in a table and defragment the data file. Fragmentation usually occurs when a table has deleted rows and has undergone frequent changes. Using the quick and easy optimization tool in phpMyAdmin from time to time, you can often significantly improve your blog’s performance.