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Introduction to MySQL

by Bravenet.com

Summary : This article will teach you what MySQL is, what it is used for, and how to use it yourself.

MySQL is an open source Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) based around the Structured Query Language (SQL). In short, MySQL is software that allows you to manage your databases.

Great, but what is a database? In this case, a database is a table of information stored on a server. When you have a table in your MySQL database, you can use PHP to pull that information from the database to your website, which would then make your website dynamic!

We have a MySQL server running for those of you with paid hosting accounts. There are a few ways that you can access and use your MySQL server.

We have phpMyAdmin installed for our members. phpMyAdmin is an interface that resembles a website that you can use to administrate your databases. It might seem confusing at first, but once you've had a look through our MySQL articles and tutorials, you will have a better understanding of what means what.

As the name implies, MySQL servers are based off of the Structured Query Language and you use queries to create, delete, and alter your databases and tables.