What is MySQL?

This article will give you a brief introduction to MySQL and how it works.

MySQL is an open-source tool that’s used to manage data stored within servers and databases.

As one of the most popular database management tools available, MySQL has become the industry standard thanks to its highly customisable and easy to use nature. It’s also incredibly secure and compatible with all the major operating systems, including Windows, Mac and Linux.

How does MySQL work?

When you need to access information, such as an ecommerce page on your website, your computer (also known as a ‘client’) will connect to the MySQL server and send a request for this data via SQL. Once this has been found, the results will be sent back to the client. This is known as a ‘client-server model’.

What’s the difference between MySQL and SQL?

While MySQL is essentially database management software, SQL (Structured Query Language) is a programming language that’s used to run queries and perform actions within the database or server.

Simply put, MySQL uses SQL to manage data.

How can I manage my databases through MySQL?

For more information on how to manage MySQL within your hosting package, please read the following articles: