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What is the typical database size for a small blog running the lifestyle theme? I'm trying to set up some automatic backup options and I think one of the problems I'm having is that my databases are gigantic. One with 51 posts and 13 pages is 541MB, another with 61 posts and 22 pages is 84MB. Why are these files so huge and is there anything I can do to make them a more manageable size? I would like to be able to dump backup files into Dropbox or email them to myself, but I certainly can't do that with files that are so big.
do you have the ability to look at your database tables from your hosting control panel, see which tables are the largest?
You could have a lot of entries in your options table from old plugins, or you could have a metric ton of spam comments just hanging around (it might be just me, but Akismet doesn't seem to be as efficient as it used to about deleting old spam comments, that or the spammers have become more persistent)
Once you know what info is abnormally outsized, that would make it easier to track down the cause.
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