A Beginner's Guide to Installing and Using the ​​​WP-Optimize Plugin


WordPress is a flexible and powerful content management system, but it can accumulate a lot of data over time. This is where the WP-Optimize plugin comes in. WP-Optimize is a comprehensive tool designed to help you keep your WordPress database tidy, lean, and optimized for the best possible performance. This article will guide you through the installation of the WP-Optimize plugin and detail how to use its main features.

How to Install WP-Optimize

Before we delve into the features, let's install the plugin on your WordPress site:

Login to your WordPress dashboard: This is the starting point for installing any plugin. You can access your site admin area by appending /wp-admin to your site's URL. Enter your admin credentials to log in.

Navigate to 'Plugins': On the left side of your dashboard, you'll find a menu. Click on 'Plugins', then 'Add New'.

Search for WP-Optimize: There's a search bar on the top right. Enter 'WP-Optimize' and hit enter.

Install WP-Optimize: In the search results, locate WP-Optimize. Click the 'Install Now' button. WordPress will download and install the plugin for you.

Activate WP-Optimize: Once installed, the 'Install Now' button will change to 'Activate'. Click this button to activate WP-Optimize on your WordPress site.

With WP-Optimize installed and activated, let's explore how to use its main features.

WP-Optimize's Features

Clean and Optimize the Database Tables from WordPress

Database cleaning is a critical aspect of website optimization. Over time, WordPress databases can accumulate unnecessary data like unapproved comments, spam, post revisions, and more. This can slow down your website.

Here's how to clean and optimize your database:

Go to 'WP-Optimize' in your dashboard menu.

This will open the 'Database' tab, where you can see a list of optimizations you can run.

Check the boxes next to the options you want to clean, such as "Clean all post revisions", "Clean all auto draft posts and posts in trash", etc.

Once you've selected the options, click 'Run optimization'.

A progress bar will appear, showing the cleaning process. Once it's done, you will see a 'Completed' message.

Schedule Database Cleanings

Regular database cleanings can keep your site running smoothly. WP-Optimize allows you to schedule automatic cleanings at intervals that suit you.

Here's how to schedule database cleanings:

Go to 'WP-Optimize' > 'Settings'.

Under the 'Schedule' tab, you will find options to schedule your cleanings.

Select the checkbox next to 'Enable scheduled clean-up and optimization'.

Choose how often you want the cleanings to occur from the 'Schedule frequency' dropdown.

Once done, click 'Save settings'.

Elimination of Page and Post Revisions

Post revisions can take up a lot of space in your database. WP-Optimize allows you to remove these revisions.

Here's how to do it:

Go to 'WP-Optimize' > 'Database'.

Locate "Clean all post revisions" and check the box next to it.

Click 'Run optimization'.

WP-Optimize will then remove all post revisions from your database.

Elimination of Unapproved Comments, Spam Located in the Trash

Similar to post revisions, unwanted comments can also bloat your database.

Here's how to remove unapproved comments:

Go to 'WP-Optimize Database'.

Locate "Clean all unapproved comments" and "Clean all trashed comments" and check the boxes next to them.

Click 'Run optimization'.

WP-Optimize will then remove all unapproved and trashed comments from your database.

Removal of Akismet Metadata from Comments

Akismet is a popular plugin that helps to filter out spam comments. However, it leaves behind some metadata which can add unnecessary bloat to your database.

Here's how to remove Akismet metadata:

Go to 'WP-Optimize' > 'Database'.

Locate "Remove Akismet comment metadata" and check the box next to it.

Click 'Run optimization'.

WP-Optimize will then remove all Akismet metadata from your database.

Removal of Other Metadata from Comments

If you want to clean other comment-related metadata from your database, you can do so with WP-Optimize:

Go to 'WP-Optimize' > 'Database'.

Locate "Remove all comment-related items from the database" and check the box next to it.

Click 'Run optimization'.

WP-Optimize will then remove all comment-related metadata from your database.

Minify CSS, JS and HTML

The plugin also has the ability to minify HTML, CSS, and JS files. "Minify" refers to the process of removing unnecessary data from these files, like white spaces, line breaks, comments, etc., which reduces their size and leads to faster page load times.

Cache Feature

Caching is another crucial feature provided by WP-Optimize. It creates static copies of your pages, which are faster to load compared to dynamic content. This reduces the server processing time, leading to quicker page load times.

Mobile Detection and Switching Theme

WP-Optimize allows you to detect mobile devices and switch themes accordingly. This is useful if you have a different theme that you'd like to display for mobile users.

Multi-site Support

If you're managing a multi-site network, WP-Optimize has got you covered. It allows super admins to manage multiple sites efficiently.


With this guide, you should now have a good grasp of how to use the WP-Optimize plugin to keep your WordPress site running smoothly. Remember, a well-optimized site makes for happy visitors! Make sure to regularly run cleanups and always monitor your site's performance to catch any potential issues before they become major problems. Happy optimizing!

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