What is mySQL and why do I need it?

This article applies to Linux Dedicated Servers.

This article explains the functionality of the mySQL database application.

MySQL is a relational database management system based on SQLStructured Query Language. The application is used for a wide range of purposes, including data warehousing, e-commerce, and logging applications.

The most common use for mySQL however is for the purpose of a web database. It can be used to store anything from a single record of information to an entire inventory of available products for an online store.

In association with a scripting language such as PHP or Perl (both offered on our hosting accounts) it is possible to create websites which will interact in real-time with a mySQL database to rapidly display categorised and searchable information to a website user.

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