Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video What to know before you start this course, part of WordPress Developer Tips: Deleting Spam Comments in the Database.
This course is part of the WordPress developer tips series, but it's targeted towards advanced WordPress developers. Because, advanced WordPress developers often run into unusual problems that need unusual solutions. In this course, we'll be covering how to fix the problem of having a blog that's completely overrun with comments. So many, that you can't delete them in the normal way. In the beginning of the course, I'll show you how to delete a large amount of comments from within the WordPress admin panel.
And then I'll show you the edge case where there are too many comments for the WordPress admin panel to be able to handle them. And we'll go into phpMyAdmin and use SQL commands to delete the commons and the commons meta. That means, to be able to follow this course, you need to have an in depth understanding of WordPress itself, and you also need to understand how the WordPress database works, and be comfortable working with PHP MyAdmin. If this is the first time you're working with WordPress or you need a refresher on how this publishing application works, I urge you to go check out the WordPress Essential Training course in the lynda.com library.
This course will get you up and running with WordPress, and show you how to install the application, publish content, and manage comments. And it's very important that you understand these topics if you want to follow along in this course. You may also want to check out the Installing and Running WordPress Shared Hosting course, because in this course I show you how to get to phpMyAdmin on a shared host. And if you want to follow along in this course or you have a problem with a blog overrun with comments, you need to have access to phpMyAdmin on the hosting service where you have the hosted site.
And to do that, you need to know how to find it, and this course will show you how to do just that. So with Word Press essential training, and a clear understanding of how to access PHPMyAdmin, you're ready to start deleting spam from the database.