When comparing web hosting services, it is important to
compare the database services that are provided as part of the web hosting
packages. One such database solution is MySQL.
MySQL is an open source relational database system that
runs on Unix and Windows seb servers and stores data in a set of related
tables. Using a data access language called SQL, information can be extracted
from the MySQL database tables using selection criteria. When a MySQL
database is integrated into website, the web pages can be dynamically
generated from the data stored in the database. The advantage of implementing
a “data driven” website rather than a conventional site using static HTML
pages is the ease of maintenance. When the MySQL tables are updated, all web
pages that use the data immediately reflect the changes made.
Packages with Database Management Systems
(SQL Server, MS Access,
MySQL is the world's most popular open source
database management systems
and is supported in many web hosting packages. To generate dynamic web pages
and leverage the power of a MySQL database, the web server must support
server-side scripting using languages such as PHP or Perl.
When comparing packages that include MySQL
functionality, one should compare the user interface and services to support
back-up and recovery.