WordPress stores every single scrap of information within a MySQL database. Posts, pages, comments, shortcodes, plugin settings… absolutely everything. The WordPress backend is fantastic, and does allow you to manage and edit everything with ease, but only up to a certain point. Say you have hundreds or even thousands of posts within your database, and you need to make site-wide global changes. Making each edit, via the WordPress Dashboard, can be time-consuming and does open up the possibility of mistakes occurring. If you do need to make global edits, then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and delve directly into the WordPress MySQL database. Always Backup WordPress First! Your WordPress database stores every single one of your carefully written posts, every comment from your loyal readers and every setting that you have used to personalize your site. No matter how confident you are in your ability to use SQL queries, always remember to backup your WordPress database first! Here are some resources to help you backup WordPress: WordPress Backups – Here you will find detailed instructions to backup your WordPress Site and your WordPress database as well as resources for automatic WordPress
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