After Christmas, we invariably take up some kind of vague intention or a brave New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. A recent  opinion poll reveals that around 63% of us are planning to make resolutions, and that almost all of these relate to losing weight, increasing fitness and eating more healthily.

All of which is unsurprising. But if you’ve got a website, you have a responsibility to get that in shape, too. Your WordPress website will get sluggish and unresponsive if its database is too heavy, overrun with old, unnecessary information and junk.

Apparently, the best way to stay slim and healthy long term is to turn resolutions into a change of behaviour. Abigail Wilson, wrote in the Guardian earlier this month: “The diets you choose need to be able to fit within your lifestyle. They need to be something that is realistic. It’s taken 10 years to get where you are with your weight, you’re not going to be able to fix it in five weeks.”

Much as we like the idea of a quick-fix, we all know deep down that results only come from hard work and commitment.  But here’s a bit of good news to lift your spirits in the face of adversity: there is a quick, free and easy way to not only get your website database in shape, but also to keep it fit and healthy in the long term.

The days of trudging through your database tables and making tedious manual queries through phpMyAdmin are gone. All you have to do now is download a plugin that will do all the hard work for you in an instant.

We at UpdraftPlus have just acquired WP-Optimize, which is the most popular WordPress database optimizing plugin out there. When you first download it, you can get it to perform a thorough automatic clean-up- think of it as liposuction for databases, something to jump-start its new resolution. It will remove all the old posts and revisions, the trash, the spam and the unapproved comments that inevitably build up over time. The result? A surge of increased speed and efficiency.

Obviously, this can’t be just a one-off. It’s all about keeping your database slim, turning one-off resolutions into habits. That’s why, once you’ve configured WP-Optimize, it can run an automatic clean-up every single week, letting you keep however many weeks’ data you decide. It will also bring discipline to the way your database stores information long-term, helping you to lose the pingbacks, trackbacks and transient options that needlessly fill it up.

The only disappointing thing is that no one has yet devised an app that does the same for our bodies. Anyone who invents the equivalent to make us lose weight in an instant, stop us from putting on too much back on and regularly trim away our excess body fat is bound to become very successful indeed.

For now, we can revel in the knowledge that at least our WordPress website will be slim, svelte  and speedy in 2017.