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Any version of WordPress is easy to handle and install. A standard WP site has three components – the installation, contents of the wp-content directory and the primary database. The wp-content directory contains all the themes, plug-ins, and the uploads. While most site owners do not access the database directly or manage the data in the store, the WordPress database is always working behind the scenes to keep the site online.
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Databases can contain different kinds of data, and you need to know the kinds before you can dive into database management. Posts, pages, attachments, links, navigation menu and custom post types comprise the data types in a database. These types have several data classes attached to them, including tags, metadata, categories, and taxonomies. You will also see options, widgets, sites, users and hardcoded content in other parts (tables) of the same relational database. Depending on the size of your website and the bulk of your data, the database can vary in size, hierarchy, and complexity.
Even multi-national conglomerates sometimes rely on WordPress for building their websites for business, portfolio building, and hiring purposes. It adds quite a bit of complexity to the different levels of their relational databases. WordPress database connects a range of tables to minimize the redundancy of data stored in them. You will commonly find one-to-many relationships among these tables. While it can be complicated for a novice or a non-DBA person, it makes the job a lot easier for any database manager.
They offer endless flexibility
WordPress databases are always cloud friendly. It means you can run your website smoothly even when the server that has all the website data is miles away. It not only deducted the overhead cost of hardware and dedicated software for data management, but it also eliminates the need for resident DBAs. Most companies now rely on remote DBA services to manage their active company website databases. Services like RemoteDBA.com have made it so much easier to find reliable database management services for companies of all niches.
Till date, almost all expert DBAs prefer to use SQL or structured query language to manage the databases. WordPress uses SQL queries to fetch data and generate dynamic web pages on the user browser. It is a different query language that can update, edit, delete data and create new tables in your database.
Always have help on hand
We have seen quite a few pioneering start-up owners and indie entrepreneurs rely on plug-ins like phpMyAdmin to manage their own databases. These plug-ins are free, and they seem like quite a smart way to deal with regular backup needs. However, without enough knowledge of how databases work, you can end up with a severe security issue at hand, exposing your company's valuable data to hackers and attackers. Always remember to have expert help at hand, even when you are venturing out into the wild world of data all by yourself.