Working on WordPress? Ready to take our advice that the WordPress Database is something you really need to understand a little bit about? Let’s move onto what’s in the WordPress Database Tables.
It isn’t possible to give you a complete tutorial on what tables make up the WordPress database. Why? Plug-ins often add extra tables to it, so the WordPress Database Tables is a moving target. How big a target? At the moment, the WordPress database running this web site has 73 tables in it.
That’s pretty complex, and for good reason; The WordPress Helpers has a lot going on behind the scenes. But a clean install of WordPress starts out with exactly eleven tables. Here they are:
- WordPress Database Tables
- 1. commentmeta
- 2. comments
- 3. links
- 4. options
- 5. postmeta
- 6. posts
- 7. term_relationships
- 8. term_taxonomy
- 9. terms
- 10. user_meta
- 11. users
This table holds links to your blogroll. This was a popular feature in the past for users to post a list of blogs they followed or recommended. No longer as popular, this table remains in the WordPress Database primarily for backward compatibility.
Even if you perform manual maintenance on your WordPress database, you may well never look at the content of many of the WordPress database tables. In fact, several are comprised of nothing besides codes pointing the database from one location to another. But WordPress database tables are a starting point for all kinds of things you can manage in a pinch. We wrote today, for example, about manually tweaking a WordPress password.
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