MySQL is a popular open source database system that can be used as the core of any database driven website because it is highly scalable and can be used for larger websites as well as smaller websites. MySQL database hosting is a standard feature of any web hosting package because MySQL server is able to run on any operating system meaning that web hosting providers choose to offer MySQL database hosting with their Windows web hosting services as well as their Linux web hosting services. MySQL is most popularly used with the PHP scripting language to create dynamic websites with PHP being used to develop the frontend whilst MySQL is used as the database backend. As MySQL Server is an open source database application, you won’t need to pay anything in order to use it and unlike Microsoft SQL Server Express Edition, there will be no limitations on what you are able to use the database system for. As your website grows, your database is likely to grow with it; because of this you will want to be using a database system that is highly scalable so that it can cope with your ever-adapting needs. Although MySQL is commonly used as a standalone installation, for larger businesses it can be more beneficial to use MySQL is a clustered hosting environment, as this will provide greater reliability.
As MySQL databases are usually hosted on Linux web hosting servers, you can come to expect a high level of reliability from MySQL Server meaning that you won’t have to worry about your databases being unavailable. The application has a very small resource footprint on the hosting server meaning that unless your web hosting provider is hosting a large number of services on a single server, there should always be plenty of resources available so that the application will be able to cope with any load spikes that may occur, as the case may be if you experience high visitor loads at certain times. If you are going to be using a separate dedicated database server then if this fails and your web server stays online, your website will still be available but will be unable to load your content; to avoid this you should try and ensure that your MySQL database and web server are located in the same physical location as this will help with the reliability of your system and will mean that either both are either available or they’re not.
MySQL Server is one of the most secure database applications available and you can be sure that any data you store in your MySQL databases will be kept safe, although it is up to you to ensure that you have passwords in place where appropriate. It is important to ensure that any data that is stored in a database is held safely because if this is personal information that you are storing, you will be held responsible of anyone manages to gain unauthorized access and steal such data. An unsecured MySQL Server installation is a primary way in which hackers will be able to gain wider access to a server, although you still need to make sure that your website and web pages and scripted properly to ensure that hackers have no easy way of getting into your database installation. If you have poorly coded your PHP website or scripts then these can also be exploited through the means of SQL injections and so you should always be sure to use the latest and safest methods when developing a dynamic website.
PHP Web hosting
MySQL databases can be used in conjunction with many scripting languages, but PHP is the most popular because it is also an open source technology and the two also perform equally well together on the Linux web hosting platform. As far as developing your website goes, PHP is one of the most effective scripting languages to use with a MySQL database because the scripting language can offer you the best level of interaction with your database which will allow you to make the most of MySQL database hosting. PHP and MySQL are part of the popular ‘LAMP’ setup which stands for ‘Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP’; although this is no official standard, web developers prefer to use these technologies together because they are pretty much guaranteed to work together and can provide a very satisfactory end result when you consider the security and reliability provided.
MySQL Database Management
You will want to make sure that you can manage your MySQL databases properly so that you can add and remove data as you wish if you aren’t going to be developing a separate web interface to manage your database. The problem is that most web hosting companies won’t allow you to connect to their MySQL database servers externally meaning that the only way left for you to manage your MySQL databases is to use a web interface such as that offered by PHPMyAdmin. Although you can always develop your own web interface to manage your database records, only an interface such like PHPMyAdmin will allow you to manage all aspects of your MySQL database if you don’t have access to a proper desktop application. On the other hand, if you choose to use your own VPS server or dedicated server then managing your MySQL databases will be simple because you can then choose to allow external connections to your server.
In conclusion, MySQL database hosting services are available from any web hosting provider that can provide you with either Windows or Linux web hosting services. As MySQL is an open source application, you won’t have to worry about having to pay any money to use it and since it can be integrated into a wide variety of scripting laguages, you will find that developing a website around a MySQL database will also be a fairly easy affair. You will need to have some level of background knowledge with database management if you wish to manage your databases properly, although for the most part managing a MySQL database is rather straight forward.