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Does WordPress use the InnoDB engine for MySQL by default?

The question:

I just created a new WordPress site in my server. Normally, WordPress uses MyISAM as the database type. But this time, it created all InnoDB tables! Is this normal? Has WordPress switched to InnoDB in the latest versions?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

WordPress actually specifies no table type in the create statements, so it uses MySQL’s default table engine which is InnoDB from version 5.5 onwards.

Method 2

It matters when it comes to backing up your WordPress site. I learned this the hard way. If the DB is innodb then R1 cloud restore type backups won’t save all the data because it has to be shut down first in order to back it up. Whereas MYISAM can be backed up no problem.

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