This is Day 17 of the 30 Days, 30 Killer Wordpress Plug-ins Series.

If you’ve been running your blog for a little while, it is quite possible – likely in fact – that you’ve got “junk” in your blog’s database.

For example, Wordpress has an auto-save feature on posts. It periodically saves versions of your post while you’re working on it so that you can restore it if something crashes. It is handy from an end user perspective, but most site owners are oblivious of the fact that each of those drafts and revisions sits there in your database.

Same thing for spam comments and trashed comments. Unless you purposely delete a comment, it sits there in your database.

And then you’ve got the “meta” information. These are various pieces of information which are attached to comments, to posts, to pages. Not to get too technical, but that information sits in a separate database table than your main content. And, it happens sometimes that the content itself might be deleted by the meta information remains in place. “Orphaned”, so to speak.

If you use a lot of plug-ins, this issue can get worse. Not all plug-ins are very good at cleaning up their own mess.

WP Clean Up is a very simple plug-in that will allow you to clean up the ever-growing pile of “junk” in your Wordpress database.


The plug-in is a time-saver. It isn’t something which you need to have activated all the time. In most cases, once you’ve cleaned up, you won’t have to do it for quite awhile. So, you can de-activate the plug-in when you’re not using it. That’s what I do.

The end result is keeping your blog running as smoothly as possible.


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