Removing unwanted data from your WordPress blog is very important and must be in your to-do list when you think of optimizing your WordPress blog. WP-Sweep is one such plugin which can help you in achieving this task. It helps you to clean up ‘Revisions, Auto drafts, Deleted comments, Unapproved comments, Spammed comments, Orphaned & duplicate metadata, etc.
WP-Sweep plugin is very intuitive WordPress plugin developed by Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan. It is currently being used actively in 70,000+ WordPress websites and also supports WordPress latest version 5.
WP-Sweep, as of now, supports 9 languages including English (Canada), English (UK), English (US), French (France), German, Greek, Portuguese (Portugal), Spanish (Spain), and Spanish (Venezuela). This plugin uses proper WordPress delete functions as much as possible instead of using direct delete queries on your WordPress database.
This plugin is basically used to optimize your WordPress website, by performing small tasks like removing unwanted revisions which has been saved over time while writing posts, or simply deleting spam and unapproved comments.
How to Download WP-Sweep & Use it?
Downloading and using this plugin is very simple.
You can directly download it from wordpress.org and then upload to your blog or manually through FTP or can directly install from within your website.
1. First of all, search for the plugin within your blog. Just, click on ‘Plugin’ tab on the left-hand side of your blog and click on ‘Add New’.
2. Now just search for “WP-Sweep” and install it. It should look like below screenshot.
3. Now, once installed, you can click on go to ‘Tools’ and click on “Sweep”.
Here you will see below options to optimize your WordPress blog. I like the categorization of the plugins and it tells what you are fixing or optimizing.
- Post Sweep
- Comment Sweep
- User Sweep
- Term Sweep
- Option Sweep
- Database Sweep
- Sweep All
Each option listed above has a specific function and should be used very carefully.
Like, ‘Post Sweep‘ can be used to clean revisions, auto drafts, deleted posts, orphaned post meta, duplicated post meta, and embed caches in post meta.
Similarly, ‘Comment Sweep‘ function can delete unapproved, spammed, deleted comments and its metadata.
Warning: Backup your Website/blog completely before taking any action. As this plugin may also break your website if not used correctly.
WP-Sweep Plugin Compatibility
This plugin is currently compatible with WordPress latest release as per it’s developer, though it is not compatible with the following plugin.
* Meta Slider – https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/ml-slider/
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Once again, I will request you all to backup your blog before using any plugin. This is one of the essential plugin for WordPress blog.