1. Shapeshifter 3

    Sara, I’m glad you posted this.

    I’ve been using the WP-Optimize plugin daily in 3 different WordPress installations. What I never really understood was why the existence of database remnants of previously uninstalled plugins always seemed to be maintained. I posted this question on the plugin’s support forums here over 4 months ago: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/deleted-plugins-remnants-recreation?replies=5 and even though the developer was both polite and helpful, I never got a good idea on HOW to get rid of previous plugins’ leftovers.

    Months ago, I temporarily installed BuddyPress on all 3 of those websites and bits-and-pieces of the software still remain. Because of your previous post back on February 20th here: https://wptavern.com/new-plugin-detects-shared-terms-in-wordpress-ahead-of-taxonomy-term-splitting-in-4-2 , I started re-evaluating my usage of older plugins. Approximately 1 hour ago I disabled and uninstalled the WP-Optimize plugin, deleted my cache, installed this WP-Sweep plugin, and then ran the sweep. So far…So good. I’ll let you know how things progress (one thing I noticed is that all 3 installations updated much more quickly).

    (For me, the correct selection and usage of plugins can be confusing, frustrating, and quite a learning curve over time.)


  2. Chris Finnegan

    Hey Sarah
    Looks comprehensive, it’s receiving great reviews. The “Backup your database first” tip at the top of the plugin page is essential, take note people!

    There’s nothing like a bloated database to slow down a website, so it’s well worth the time invested to clean it up.

    A preventative measure is to limit the number of post revisions stored by WordPress in the database, I use a plugin called Revision Control to limit the number of stored revisions to three.



  3. Peter Cralen (@PeterCralen)

    Cool plugin, I just miss one button “Sweep all”.
    Anyway it looks simple and clean, what I really like. Thanks for this piece.


    • Dave

      I was thinking the exact same thing. I assume it’s missing because he wants you to look over every option closely before sweeping, but after doing it a few times, most of us are going to want that sweep all option.


      • Christee

        Sweep All (with “be careful” text), plus a Details button so you can see what will be cleaned for each area, were both added to the Beta version Lester created yesterday (see link added below by shapeshifter3). Nice improvements!


  4. Frank Corso

    This looks like a great plugin to add to most sites. I will definitely look into this. Thanks to Lester for creating this.


  5. Lester Chan

    Thanks for the plug guys =D I intend to add a Sweep All and Cron feature in the future =D


  6. Shalin Tejpal Jain

    Hi Sarah. After reading was quite excited to try WP Sweep. Just wanted to understand how different it is from WP Clean Up which I currently use..


  7. Peter Cralen (@PeterCralen)

    Maybe other developers can inspire by you Lester. I checked all your plugins are updated, all have necessary details, screenshots. Also how you active support them all in support forum, it shows your passion for this.
    I read your “bio” :) it explain that.


  8. Christee

    Very nice. I would really like to see the ability to view what will be deleted before I use the Sweep button. For example, my site shows a few Orphaned Term Relationships. I’d like to be able to view what they are (perhaps by clicking on the number in the Count column) so I can feel more confident about pressing Sweep.


  9. Dave Chu

    That’s great news! Lester makes some really good stuff, and I expect that this will be just as awesome.

    I’ve been using a couple tools for this, and it looks like this might actually cover both of them, and if it uses legit WP functions, what’s not to like?



  10. Musgrove

    I’m a big fan of WP-Optimize, so I’m eager to try this plugin and compare results. And backing that thang up before making any changes to the database is always a pretty good idea.


  11. john cartlon

    I am glad that Lester Chan has developed WP-Sweep, my latest favorite!


  12. Shapeshifter 3

    Here’s the beta of the next version: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/beta-testing-for-103


  13. Shapeshifter 3

    Here’s that 1.0.3 version released to WordPress.org:


  14. Emily

    This is my new installed plugin and Never regretted I did! Awesome!


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