How to Manage and Delete Transients in WordPress

How to Manage and Delete Transients in WordPress
Sandra Gilbert

WordPress plugin and theme developers often use Transients to store timely information in your database to speed up your site. If you’re in the process of building your site, and you realize that certain elements like popular posts or twitter widgets are not changing, then you probably tried emptying your cache only to realize that doesn’t do anything. In this article, we will show you how to manage and delete transients in WordPress without going into your database.

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Tasha Martin

This may sound like it’s a spammer typically response but 3 days ago I was reading up on how to remove useless junk including Transients and your blog post helped me even more. I have neglected the behind the scenes stuff on my blog for to long and trying to spring clean, prevent and follow tips from good developers.
You just helped this blogger with something so easy that I wish I thought of it first but I have no clue about coding. lol
Veronica Meyer

Unless you are using an object cache (like memcached), WordPress stores transient records in the options table. Many transients are given an expiration time, so in theory they should disappear after some time. In practise, because old transients are only deleted when requested again after they’ve expired, many transients stay in the database. After a while, there can be thousands or even millions of expired transients needlessly taking up space in your options table, depending on what your plugins are doing.

Delete All Transients in WordPress
Carmen Tyler

This is a quick and simple way to delete all transients in WordPress. Add this to your functions.php file. Run it once by visiting the site in your browser. Then, to stop it from running, you can comment out the last line until you need to use it again.
Glenda Logan

This is a developer’s tool that provides a UI to manage your site’s transients. You can view, search, edit, and delete transients at will. A toolbar option is also provided that allows you to suspend transient updates to help with testing and debugging.

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