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A quick look at the WordPress database model

The database model behind WordPress doesn’t follow several good database design rules and conventions. When we’re designing a database for a specific purpose, knowing all its desired functionalities in advance, we can follow all of those rules. But WordPress needs to cover anything that anyone could have in mind, so sacrificing foreign keys and using EAV is something that must be done.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.