I have a relatively large InnoDB table that contains domain names, I want to track when they expire, their traffic rank, owner email, and many parameters like that.

Currently I have around 2 million records, I intend to keep it under 5 million.

I wonder if there is anything else I can do to optimize it, currently a query like this takes around 4-8 seconds:

FROM domains 
WHERE domain_whois_date > 0 
ORDER BY domain_whois_status asc 

I consider that memory and caching related options I set in my.cnf work decently because if I quickly run the same query again it loads in few ms. But table updates very often and most queries are not cached and take longer (so I understand).

So far my best solution is to create a memory based table, a mirror of domains called domains_cache and run searches in that; but seems to crash often, I think it's because this memory table takes almost 100% of ram. Is this the right approach ?

Main InnoDB table takes around 500MB, memory table with same data uses around 2GB. Running on CentOS virtual machine, 2 cores, 4GB ram.

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  • Is the SELECT * required, or do you only use some of the columns? Dec 3 '16 at 19:48
  • The WHERE domain_whois_date > 0 makes little if any sense at all. @adrianTNT how can a date by 0 or negative? Dec 3 '16 at 20:54
  • @WillemRenzema I use them all, displaying domains in a table, I think it only makes sense to skip some columns if they would be large text type values, I think* :)
    – adrianTNT
    Dec 3 '16 at 23:58
  • @ypercubeᵀᴹ that part indeed is kind of remaining junk from something else; I didn't get what you meant about date by 0.
    – adrianTNT
    Dec 3 '16 at 23:59
  • He means all practical values for date will be gt 0. The operator is pointless. You're only going to find efficiency on sorting unless you paginate with logical boundaries. Limit N is not scalable and you will see more benefit with better filtering to reduce scan times.
    – eroomydna
    Dec 4 '16 at 2:51

In any SQL queries, sequence will be next:

first, select target records:

WHERE domain_whois_date > 0 

then sort result:

ORDER BY domain_whois_status asc 

and only after - take some number of records for return to client:


so, in table with 2M records, big part of them will be have Unix date > 0 not many domain was created before - 1/1/1970 and You sort all this records without indexes

You can create or

index for - (domain_whois_date,domain_whois_status)

or at least index for


If most of Your domain_whois_date - positive


Please create the following index

create index domains_ix_status_date on domains (domain_whois_status,domain_whois_date);

We're traversing through the index where the rows are already ordered by the way we want them (ORDER BY domain_whois_status), we check the condition domain_whois_date > 0 (still within the index structure) and we retrieve only the relevant rows and output them.


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