Pruning the Database in Dolphin 7.1.4

Hello and welcome! In today’s blog we’ll talk about database pruning in Dolphin 7.1.4. This system helps keep your database clean and clear of old data that builds up during the normal operation of your site. It is also import to familiarize yourself with this system if you DON’T want profiles, messages or greetings deleted automatically. We’ll start by logging into the Dolphin admin section and clicking “Advanced Settings” under the “Settings” menu on the left side of the screen. Now click “Pruning” from the list of headings on the right.

Dolphin 7.1.4 database pruning

Dolphin 7.1.4 database pruning

You can see the options include messages, profiles, IP visits, banner views, greetings and expired membership levels.

The numbers on the left are the numbers of days to wait before the corresponding item is considered out of date and needs to be deleted. If you don’t want an item to EVER be deleted you can enter “0” or leave the space completely blank.

The items that have met the number of days you specify are deleted nightly at midnight when the cron job is executed.

That’s it, it’s a very simple and straight forward system. I would definitely recommend you take advantage of it to keep the size of your database manageable.

Until next time happy social networking!

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