Support » Plugin: WP eCommerce » [Plugin: WP e-Commerce] Leaves a whole mess of data behind

  • So even after 2 deactivations and uninstalls, this plugin leaves so much data behind. My database has about 10 tables relating to WP E-Commerce and my posts and settings tables are riddled with old useless data.

    I mananually dropped all the offending tables and re-installed the plugin. All previous products and settings were still there.

    Cheers for screwing up my database.

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  • Plugin Author Justin Sainton



    Sorry to hear about your frustration with the plugin. I totally get how that might be confusing as to why data is left behind after deactivation and/or uninstallation. We would never remove data if a plugin was deactivated – you can imagine the frustration a user might have if their data disappeared after deactivating the plugin then reactivating it.

    Uninstallation is a little more difficult – There are a lot of reasons a plugin might get uninstalled – often times, users will uninstall a plugin to try to debug other issues on the site, intending to reinstall it after debugging. For this reason, we choose to err on the side of caution, maintaining the integrity of user data.

    That said, though your database had data from the plugin in it – I’d be surprised if that data was responsible for ‘screwing up’ your database.

    Well I now have huge amounts of data that is not needed, and a load of Permalinks from old products that I can’t use because of the old data. That seems pretty screwed up to me.

    I don’t think it’s unreasonable to delete database data when deleting the rest of the plugin files from the server. There needs to at least be a way to remove all this unwanted data as an option during the uninstall.

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