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What is MySQL?

The MySQL database system is the most common choice among the several different ones available for web hosting. A MySQL database is a relational database administration system that is established on a scripting language known as SQL (Structured Query Language), that is utilized in adding, removing and amending or altering information on a database.

MySQL operates on every major operating system platform as well as with Linux, UNIX and Windows. It is the main and foremost “open source” (which means it can be downloaded and used by anybody, free of charge) database and a powerful tool used in many websites.

PostgreSQL vs MySQL

In the beginning, as an open source database, MySQL was designed to offer Internet marketers a low end alternative to proprietary databases such as PostgreSQL even while also providing the same value for high traffic database driven sites for web hosting.

Recently, there has been a convergence in what MySQL and PostgreSQL can deliver, although the postgresql vs mysql debate continues to rage among afficionadoes.

Essentially, PostgreSQL was function rich while MySQL had the advantage of speed. However, PostgreSQL has recently got faster while MySQL has also developed advanced functionality to rival PostgreSQL. For a more detailed account of how the two systems compare, see’s PostgreSQL-vs-MySQL article.

The Benefits of MySQL

One of the benefits of MySQL for free and low cost webhosting companies is that it is free to add to their portfolio of services because it is open source. That is why it has become the leading option for free web hosting in database advancement in data driven sites, for example.

The MySQL database helps web hosting that makes and supports databases to drive content sites such as blogs, social media, sales or e-commerce sites. It can also be used to track users, discussion threads and settings.

Many websites that make use of MySQL and use a scripting language such as PHP which helps availability of information from the database. To take advantage of MySQL web hosting, you do not need to have programming knowledge though some basic understanding does help.

There is a package management system that Linux distributions have that downloads and puts in MySQL pretty easily. Here, all you need is a little configuration tweaking to for security and optimizing settings. These will be determined by the type of data you need to have on the database being installed. A great number of web hosting sites by now have set up MySQL databases and PHP for the users of their web server.

Yet for those who might not have the MySQL database already set up will find that setting up is very easy. All you need to do is request for information from your web host including a username and password that you will use to access these services. MySQL databases being very popular with website hosting providers has made it such that it is quite easy to access tutorials, support, and scripts easily from a number of internet sources.


In conclusion, the installation of a MySQL database on to a web server consists of five easy steps. The initial thing to do is choose the version to install, download it, set up the application, do post installation tests and install which comprises the conveying of passwords. Although it may seem a bit technical, setting up MySQL database on your webhosting package is not as hard as many people think it is.

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