Understanding the Creation of WordPress Customer Database in Easy Steps
WordPress is a CMS platform which is written in PHP like a scripting language and its database managed with MySQL. However, to develop using WordPress, one need not have to learn PHP or MySQL. However, it will be good if you have a baseline understanding of the concepts which may help in doing troubleshooting of WordPress related websites. In this article, we are trying to unveil the WordPress databases in more detail by understanding the elements of database tables and method to prepare customer DB in WordPress.
As we have seen, WordPress use the programming language of PHP to write and retrieve data to and from the database. The data is stored in pages, posts, categories, comments, custom fields, users, tags, and other site elements like site URL or so. On installing WordPress database, it will first ask you to provide the name, username, host, and password for the database. All this info get configuration at the file – wp-config.php.
During the installation process, WordPress uses this information to create custom tables and then store the installation data by default into those rows and columns of the tables. Once this installation is completed, WordPress can further run queries on this database to generate dynamic HTML pages for the blog or website. This is the concept which makes WordPress so powerful where the developers need not have to create new .html files for each and every page or entry you create. WordPress is powerful enough to handle all these dynamically.
WordPress Database tables
Every single WordPress installation comes up with eleven tables by default in database creation. Each of these database tables contains specific data for various features, sections, and every functionality of WordPress sites. By looking at the structure of these tables, one can easily understand where different entities of a website you created get stored. The latest edition of WordPress creates default tables as follows:
wp_commentmeta – It is a table created to contain the meta information related to the website comments posted on WordPress. There are four fields in this table as:
1 – wp_comments – The table consists of WordPress website comments. The data in this table include, but not limited to:
- Author name for the comment
- URL of the page
- Original comment etc.
2 – wp_links – Used to manage the blogrolls created the earlier WordPress versions or of the plug-in of Link Manager.
3 – wp_options – The table consists of the site setting of WordPress like
- Website URL
- Admin email
- Default category
- Per page posts,
- The format of time etc.
Many of the WordPress plugins also use the options table in order to store the plugin settings too.
- wp_postmeta – Containing metadata about the WordPress website pages, posts, and custom posts. Post meta information may be like which custom template to be used for displaying pages and custom fields etc. Some of the plugins may also use the post-meta table for storing plug-in data like WordPress SEO.
- wp_posts – RemoteDBA.com experts explain it as the tale which contains all the types of posts or also called the content types. The table stores all the pages, post, page revisions, and the custom posts.
- wp_terms – A taxonomy matrix which lets the users organize content. The individual items in the system are called as terms, which are stored in the table. The tags and categories of WordPress are named as taxonomies under each of the categories are called terms.
- wp_term_relationships – The table is meant to manage the relationship of posts types on WordPress sites with the corresponding terms at the wp_terms.
- wp_term_taxonomy – Table which defines different taxonomies for the for terms in the table wp_terms. For example, if there is a term for the “WordPress Tutorials,” then the taxonomy table contains data associated with corresponding taxonomy categories. In actual, this table consists of data which helps WordPress to differentiate category and tab, etc.
- wp_users – Table contains essential ser information as
- Email of user etc.
7. wp_usermeta – The table contains metadata about the website users.
At above, the prefix ‘wp_’ stands for the database prefix of each table users choosing at the time of installation.
Setting up a customer database
1st step – Configuring the participant’s database
Participant database has various settings, but you can focus on the major few initially. One has to go to ‘Participants Database’ at the dashboard and then to the Settings page. There we can choose things in order by selecting which all you have to display as database entries. The plug-in will show them in chronological order, but you have other options also to choose as alphabetic order or so.
You also have to configure custom access to the database. By default, all Editor role users will be able to edit entries, but if needed it can be restricted only to the administrators. Editors can also export the database in CSV format. You have to change all the settings when it is done.
2nd step – Managing database fields
By default, the Participants Database contains a wide range of fields preset as the:
- Phone numbers
- Photographs etc
Some of these fields also include the Participants Database plugins. If you want to add any additional info field, then access the Manage Database field and look for more options.
Add Field – Apart from the available options, you can also pick a custom title for additional fields to be added. You may simply set an entry field for the new title as a text field or use other options like a checkbox or multiple choice etc.
3rd step – Adding participants
Once if you have the customer database for WordPress running with all needed fields, you can next add data into it. Go to the field of Participants Database and Add Participant to enter new participants. Once done, all that you have to do is to fill the fields and put the rest as blank. Then click on ‘Submit’ to come back to the database and check for the new entry.
Managing the database can be best done the more you come to know about your customers. In fact, to do this well, you need actual data to identify the effectiveness which will come on the go.