WP Sweep WordPress Plugin Guide – Clean Up Your Website

Posted OnJun 21, 2015     CategoryPlugins     CommentsNo comment

Hello and welcome to the WordPress plugin guide for the WP Sweep plugin, which is used to to clean up unused, orphaned and duplicated data in your WordPress website and optimize your database tables at the same time.

Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.

Step 2) On the Dashboard of your website, scroll down the left-hand sidebar and click on Plugins


Step 3) From the Installed Plugins page, click on Add New at the top of the page. Alternatively, click on Add New from the dropdown menu under Plugins on the sidebar.


Step 4) On the Add Plugins page, type in the name of your plugin in the search box on the right hand side, at the top of the page.


Step 5) From the Search Results page, scroll down to your chosen plugin and click the button marked Install Now. If you would like to learn more about your plugin, click the blue link marked More Details


Step 6) The plugin is now installed and unpacked into your website. The last thing to do now is click Activate Plugin


Step 7) Once activated, you will be redirected to the Installed Plugins page. From here, you can read all the info about your plugins, and deactivate and delete it if you no longer need it.


Step 8) To find the Sweep section, head to Tools >> Sweep. You will be asked to backup your database before starting the sweep. This is a very good idea, as the sweep is irreversible, which means anything lost will be gone for good. Hit the blue link marked backup your database to do just that. Alternatively, head to Tools >> Export to create a file containing every file on your site.


Step 9) The first section to sweep is your Posts section. If you look under the title, you will see how many posts and post meta you have, including Revisions, Auto Drafts, Deleted Posts and more. You can view details of these sections by hitting the button on the right, or hit the Sweep button to clean-up the section.


Step 10) The next section is the Comment Sweep. From here you can clean-up any unapproved, spammed and deleted comments, as well as any orphand and duplicated comment meta. Simply hit the Sweep button for any section that has anything to be checked.


Step 11) The User Sweep section will clean-up any oprhaned and/or duplicated user meta. Hit the Sweep button on the right if you have anything to get rid of.


Step 12) The Term Sweep will check for any unused terms, including those that might belong to Draft posts. It is recommended that you use the Sweep button here only if you have no Draft posts, as it will delete those terms.


Step 13) The Option Sweep will check for any transient options and get rid of them if they are no longer being used. Transient Options are similar to a basic cache system, and clearing these options will help to save space in your backup files.


Step 14) The Database Sweep section will go through the tables of your WordPress site and optimise them to save space on your website. Hit the Sweep button to get started.


Step 15) If you don’t want to go through every section, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit the Sweep All button. Just make sure you have backed up your website first.


Step 16) Once you have hit the Sweep All button, scroll through the page to see the results of your sweep, as shown below.



This concludes the WP Sweep WordPress plugin guide.

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