Web App native MySQL instances are in public preview; use JSON to CRUD your Azure SQL Sever records ...
Automatic updates of plugins and themes won't make WordPress better; less reliance on third-party plugins and themes would. Both are pipe dreams.
If you find yourself using NULL MySQL database columns, you're trading at-best minuscule performance boosts for a litany of trouble from bad design.
A walkthrough on setting up Scalable WordPress installs on Microsoft Azure -- even though other cloud providers are a better choice.
Transients allow us to "selectively cache" parts of a WordPress template, speeding up your pages and reducing errors.
Sanitize and normalize those inputs; grant and use the bare minimal permissions needed for a task.
Expanding on my earlier post about auto-hashtagging text: Now, we can put the hashtagged text into a MySQL table.
Use PHP to extract terms from a MySQL database table and automatically tag an input string with those terms.