Want to save your site’s form submissions with a WordPress database plugin? With the WPForms plugin, it’s super easy to manage your form submissions right from your WordPress dashboard.
In this post, we’ll show you exactly how to save contact form data in your WordPress database, and how to manage your entries from the dashboard.
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Where Is the Database in WordPress Stored?
WordPress will automatically create a database for you when it’s first installed, and the name, host, username, and password data is stored in the configuration file called wp-config.php under MySQL database Settings.
WPForms is an online form builder with database save features. The WPForms plugin automatically stores all form data in 2 tables within the native WordPress database. They are:
- wp_wpforms_entries: The info inside the fields (values) of your entries are stored in this database table
- wp_wpforms_entry_meta: This table has meta info about your entries like associated IDs and dates
Most WordPress web hosting providers offer easy-to-use web applications like phpMyAdmin to manage databases after your WordPress installation. Regardless of if you’re using unmanaged or managed WordPress hosting.
The name phpMyAdmin may sound strange, but it’s just a database management system. It allows users to manage the database entries on their WordPress site using a visual interface. Pretty cool, right?
If you’re using Bluehost for your WordPress hosting, you can find the link to phpMyAdmin database server by scrolling to the bottom of the homepage once logged in under Helpful Links » Advanced » phpMyAdmin:
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How Do I Access My WordPress Database?
Looking for the WordPress database location? Let’s take a look at how to view form entries in your WordPress database using phpMyAdmin.
In phpMyAdmin, select your WordPress database and then click on the table, wp_wpforms_entries.
Here, you can find all your form entries in the fields column.
You can do lots of things in here like create tables. For more details, you can read this beginner’s guide to WordPress database management with phpMyAdmin or check out this video:
How to Manage Entries in WordPress
You may not realize that when you started your WordPress site, in a way, it automatically created a database for you.
And WPForms lets you easily access your form entries and manage them all inside your WordPress dashboard, acting like a control panel. Storing and retrieving data from the WordPress database is simple.
Let’s take a look at how to manage your form entries on your WordPress site.
After publishing the form, make sure to add a test entry, so we have some data to access from your WordPress dashboard.
Next, go to your form builder and click on Settings » General. Make sure that the Disable entry storing information in WordPress option is not checked.
Now, navigate to WPForms » Entries in your WordPress dashboard to see your test entry.
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Now, under the Actions column, click View to see your form entry.
And here’s how an individual entry will look.
That’s it! You now know how to access and manage your WordPress database with a plugin.
If you enjoyed this article, you might also want to read our article on how to export WordPress form entries to CSV.
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