2 Simple Ways to Improve MySQL Performance

By Sean
16th January 2018

There’s no way of knowing how many businesses use MySQL databases. But we can say with some confidence that it’s one of the most popular database technologies in the world. MySQL is free, easy to use, and has a massive community behind it. It’s also now owned by Oracle, which means its longevity is almost certainly assured.

Keeping your database online is key to keeping your business ticking over. WellData offers outsourced database support and management for businesses across the UK, and a proactive, professional team is certainly the best method of protection for your data. But if your MySQL database is running slowly, there are two easy things you can do to speed it up, and they take just a few seconds to action.

Many administration tasks are carried out using command line tools. If you’re not familiar with the command line, you may prefer to use a web-based GUI tool like phpMyAdmin or phpMiniAdmin.


How to Repair and Optimise MySQL

MySQL has its own built-in tools to repair and optimise a database. phpMyAdmin provides easy access to both.

The repair operation will correct any corrupted data, which is commonly created if the database has crashed at some point. The optimise command compresses the table, so that the database engine spends less time retrieving data. This can speed up the application that the database is linked to.

In phpMyAdmin, tick the tables you want to work on, and select Repair table or Optimise table from the With selected drop-down list. This operation can take a while on a large database, so it’s important to wait for the confirmation screen to appear.


Other Performance Issues

All databases are complex, and achieving peak performance takes time. You can only achieve optimum efficiency if your database is set up correctly. At WellData, we can fine-tune the way your MySQL works, adjusting basic settings like log file sizes, cache file capacity and the number of connections your database is accepting. We can also ensure your indexes are set up and working correctly.

As part of ongoing database maintenance, you could instruct MySQL to repair its own tables automatically. However, we don’t recommend using this as a sticking plaster for performance problems. If you’re experiencing ongoing issues and bottlenecks with any kind of database, it’s best to speak with our expert database administrators about the root cause.


Affordable Database Support

WellData provides database support for businesses all over the UK, as part of our suite of managed IT services. Our team is geographically dispersed, allowing us to respond quickly to many incidents. We carry out most of our management and maintenance tasks remotely, and assist with the full management lifecycle, from implementation through to management, and even disaster recovery planning.


If your business is struggling with database problems, or lacking a reliable database administrator, speak to WellData about our MySQL database support services today.

Your organisation could benefit from our range of IT services, provided in a low cost monthly fixed fee. 


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