Have you removed Disqus? Now it’s Time to Clean up Comment Metadata

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Disqus is (was) a very powerful WordPress commenting system. We were using it on crunchify.com since long time and found it very effective until recently.

Sometimes people switch between their comment system. Below are few options available for WordPress Comment system.

  • Disqus (we moved away)
  • WordPress.com Comment System (Comes with Jetpack)
  • Theme’s default Comment System (We are using this one on Crunchify now)

When you sync your comment systems, all above tools add respective metadatas to your wp_commentmeta table. I’ve published one article long time back on how to clean up all transient variable from wp_options table.

Below steps will help you clean this table:


Open phpMyAdmin from your cPanel.

Disqus CommentMeta Cleanup steps - Crunchify Tips1


Select your Database and Click on wp_commentmeta table. Click on “Search” button.


Enter dsq_ as mentioned below.

Disqus CommentMeta Cleanup steps - Crunchify Tips3

Another must read: 


Select all and click Delete. Click Go Button.

Disqus CommentMeta Cleanup steps - Crunchify Tips4


Now let’s work on table wp_options.

Follow the same above flow and search for disqus_ values from table as mentioned below.

Disqus - wp_options table value

I was able to delete more than 10000 rows from wp_commentmeta table. Once you do that, don’t forget to optimize DB. You could use our All in One Optimizer & Customizer plugin too if you want 🙂

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Let me know if you have any better way to clean these all metadata. This will help our blog running very fast.

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  3. I erased my disqus account, but it still comes back like a ghost. I erased even the mail addresse and got a new disqus account with a new mailaddrese, cannot acces it anymore becouse of the old ghost.

    I even bought a new smart phone, the “DISQUS ghost” came to it, becouse it recognised my mailaddrese.
    So tired of it. Really annoying thing and i did not get any help from Disqus support eather…

    • That’s really strange Sebastian. I’m going to post new article why you should move away from Disqus with all details.

      Please stay tuned.

  4. Many thanks!
    I don’t understand why this not an option when deinstalling the disqus plugin from our sites.


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