Connect to WordPress as an External Data Source using PolyBase

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Wordpress ODBC Driver

The Wordpress ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Wordpress, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Wordpress data like you would a database - read, write, and update Wordpress Pages, Posts, Tags, Users, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Use the CData ODBC Driver for WordPress and PolyBase to create an external data source in SQL Server 2019 with access to live WordPress data.

PolyBase for SQL Server allows you to query external data by using the same Transact-SQL syntax used to query a database table. When paired with the CData ODBC Driver for WordPress, you get access to your WordPress data directly alongside your SQL Server data. This article walks through creating an external data source and external tables to grant access to live WordPress data using T-SQL queries.

The CData ODBC drivers offer unmatched performance for interacting with live WordPress data using PolyBase due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from SQL Server to WordPress, the driver pushes down supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to WordPress and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. And with PolyBase, you can also join SQL Server data with WordPress data, using a single query to pull data from distributed sources.

Connect to WordPress

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs. To create an external data source in SQL Server using PolyBase, configure a System DSN (CData WordPress Sys is created automatically).

To connect to WordPress, set the URL property and other authentication properties. WordPress supports Basic (User and Password) and OAuth2.0 authentication, though Basic is recommended for a testing environment only. To connect with OAuth you will need to register an app with WordPress.

See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

Click "Test Connection" to ensure that the DSN is connected to WordPress properly. Navigate to the Tables tab to review the table definitions for WordPress.

Create an External Data Source for WordPress Data

After configuring the connection, you need to create a master encryption key and a credential database for the external data source.

Creating a Master Encryption Key

Execute the following SQL command to create a new master key, 'ENCRYPTION,' to encrypt the credentials for the external data source.

CREATE MASTER KEY ENCRYPTION BY PASSWORD = 'password';

Creating a Credential Database

Execute the following SQL command to create credentials for the external data source connected to WordPress data.

NOTE: Since WordPress does not require a User or Password to authenticate, you may use whatever values you wish for IDENTITY and SECRET.

CREATE DATABASE SCOPED CREDENTIAL wordpress_creds
WITH IDENTITY = 'username', SECRET = 'password';

Create an External Data Source for WordPress

Execute the following SQL command to create an external data source for WordPress with PolyBase, using the DSN and credentials configured earlier.

For WordPress, set SERVERNAME to 'localhost' or '127.0.0.1' and leave PORT empty. PUSHDOWN is set to ON by default, meaning the ODBC Driver can leverage server-side processing for complex queries.

CREATE EXTERNAL DATA SOURCE cdata_wordpress_source
WITH ( 
  LOCATION = 'odbc://SERVERNAME[:PORT]',
  CONNECTION_OPTIONS = 'DSN=CData WordPress Sys',
  -- PUSHDOWN = ON | OFF,
  CREDENTIAL = wordpress_creds
);

Create External Tables for WordPress

After creating the external data source, use CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE statements to link to WordPress data from your SQL Server instance. The table column definitions must match those exposed by the CData ODBC Driver for WordPress. You can refer to the Tables tab of the DSN Configuration Wizard to see the table definition.

Sample CREATE TABLE Statement

The statement to create an external table based on a WordPress Categories would look similar to the following:

CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE Categories(
  Id [nvarchar](255) NULL,
  Name [nvarchar](255) NULL,
  ...
) WITH ( 
  LOCATION='Categories',
  DATA_SOURCE=cdata_wordpress_source
);

Having created external tables for WordPress in your SQL Server instance, you are now able to query local and remote data simultaneously. Thanks to built-in query processing in the CData ODBC Driver, you know that as much query processing as possible is being pushed to WordPress, freeing up local resources and computing power. Download a free, 30-day trial of the ODBC Driver for WordPress and start working with live WordPress data alongside your SQL Server data today.