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What are Transients and How to Manage and Delete in WordPress

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WordPress plugin and theme developers make use of transient APIs to store your WordPress database along with timely information. 

This makes it possible for them to reuse this knowledge and make their plugins work faster. Doesn’t it sound a good strategy? While this is an excellent performance strategy, during testing or development, it can often impact your website.

How to manage and delete Transients in WordPress

Have you ever thought that why your posts or widgets on Twitter do not change even after you have emptied your WordPress cache. The sole reason for this is that transient for that peculiar feature is simply not working as it was expected to work. So, how do you fix  this? In order to fix this, you will simply have to wait until the transient expires. Another way to fix this issue would be a manual fix.

So basically in this article I have enlisted various ways in which you can manage and delete the Transients in WordPress. So, let’s get started.

What is a Transient? 

In WordPress, the Transients API allows developers to store data with an expiration period in your WordPress database. This helps to boost the efficiency of WordPress and speed up the website, while reducing the total load of the server. 

Many social media plugins for WordPress, for example, use transients to download and store share counts for messages.

If they have not used transients, on each page load, your server will need to communicate with all social networks, which will drastically slow down your web. Hence I believe that the transients are just fantastic. Don’t you think the same?

But now you must be thinking that why would you even need to manage or delete the transients?

Let me explain to you with an example. Let ‘s say the connection between your website and Facebook didn’t go so well, and now it shows a number of 0.0. For a transient to expire, you can wait 30 minutes or sometimes longer, or you can clear out the transient cache and get the most accurate count. 

When checking a plugin, it also helps to make sure it really functions as it is intended to. You might want to delete your transients just to swipe out the database.

The next question that would strike your minds would be that are the WordPress transients similar to cookies? So, let’s find an answer.

Are WordPress transients like cookies?

WordPress transients are similar to cookies because they too allow the developers to store the temporary data as cookies do. But I would like to add in here that transients are more superlative and powerful than cookies.

Cookies are kept in the user’s browser, for instance, and have many limitations. They are also not as programmable and are less stable. 

On the other hand, transients are stored in the WordPress database and can store various types of data with the transient API, which is more stable and easily programmable. 

Let’s now take a quick look how to manage Transients.

How to manage Transients?

The first thing you have to do is install the Transients Manager and trigger it. Also, see our step by step guide on Backup & Restore: The Step by Step Guide to WordPress backups for more information. 

You need to visit the Tools » Transients page after activation to access and control the transients that your WordPress site uses.

manage transients for WordPress Dashboard

A list of transients stored in your WordPress database will be seen here. 

This page helps you to perform the following acts in bulk: 

  • Deleting transients that have expired 
  • Eliminate all transients who have an expiry date 
  • Delete all transients 

To edit or remove individual transients as appropriate, you can also look at the transients mentioned in the image. By looking at its name, you can recognise a transient.

Most trusted developers of WordPress themes and plugins would use the transient product name to make it easily recognisable.

You’ll see the value for each individual transient right next to the name column. The transient value can be the value of an object, an array, a number, or an alphanumeric string. 

Even, for each transient, you can see an expiration period. Some of them may not have an expiration time set and will be displayed as ‘ Does not expire.’

In Order to change their value you can click on the edit button or you can delete the transients.

When you are testing a theme or plugin and want to verify it with various transient values and this function comes in handy. 


I hope that with this article you can now easily manage and delete the transients in WordPress.  Also I think you will surely like to read our article on 9 Best Drag-and-Drop WordPress Theme Builders (2020)

If you have liked this article do let me know in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.

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Tim Michaels
I am into WordPress and web development for the last 10 years. I use my experience to help people just starting with WordPress. Follow my blog at WP Uber for everything related to WordPress.
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