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Cleaning Up a 2 1/2 Year Old Blog (2 posts)

  1. Tom Ewer
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi there!

    I am the owner of a 2 1/2 year old blog (http://www.leavingworkbehind.com/). I am planning on switching to managed WordPress hosting (probably Synthesis) and redesigning the site (probably a custom Genesis child theme -- I'm currently using Canvas).

    The thing is, I have installed a lot of plugins and put the site through a lot of crap in its time. I'm guessing this means that my database is bloated. Plus there seem to be a huge number of random files within the site's directory.

    So my question is this: in the context of migrating my site to fresh hosting, how should I do it in order to ensure that a relatively clean database is being transferred and that I am not also transferring superfluous files that are not needed?

    I'm computer literate and technically competent but I am not good with PHP and the complications involved in site migration, etc.

    Thanks!

    Tom Ewer

  2. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have used Plugins Garbage Collector with no problems:
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=Plugins+Garbage+Collector
    In one case, however, I did have to delete and re-install one plugin after removing its red entries to see what might happen! So, you might want to be a bit selective there.

    I have used WP Clean Up enough to find it trustworthy, just do *not* click "Delete All" if you might have *any* drafts you might actually want to keep:
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=WP+Clean+Up

    I recently discovered WP-DBManager for backups and more:
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=WP-DBManager
    And of course, a backup is where I always begin.

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