MySQL is a relational database management system that is based on the Structured Query Language (SQL). Thanks to its open-source nature, rich feature set, and stability, MySQL has become integral to many of the most popular software stacks for building and maintaining everything from small scale personal websites and blogs to some of the most popular online services such as Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Wikipedia, and YouTube.
One of the main advantages MySQL has over other relational database management systems is that it is highly compatible with a wide range of software products and frameworks. Nowadays, MySQL is supported on all major operating systems including Linux, Windows, and macOS. Moreover, all popular content management systems provide full support for MySQL databases. Thanks to this widespread support, MySQL has become the de facto database management system of choice for most web-based projects.
Perhaps the most noteworthy characteristic of MySQL is the way information is stored. Databases like MySQL contain records that are separated into multiple tables that are highly codified and well-structured. This stands in stark contrast to other storage systems that would use a single repository to store data with minimal or no logical structure. The highly organized and structured nature of MySQL enables actions like more efficient data retrieval, quicker information updates, and the ability to aggregate, sort, and filter data using complex SQL queries.
Relational models such as the one that is employed by MySQL have been in existence for several decades and continue to be popular today. The most important reason why this is so is that they empower website owners to use SQL – an intuitive and declarative language that can be used to manipulate the information stored in the database.
Another important reason for MySQL’s popularity is that the technology is open-source. This means that everyone is welcome to use it free of charge, even for commercial purposes. And what is more, if a certain aspect of MySQL is not to your liking and you have the technical know-how to change it, you are free to do so.
Lastly, we should mention that MySQL is touted as a database management system that is easy to use. It uses a table-like paradigm for storing data which will be instantly familiar to anyone who has ever used Microsoft Excel or a similar spreadsheet program. What is more, thanks to its built-in data validation, MySQL can ensure that you will see fewer odd errors that are the result of malformed data.
Due to MySQL’s versatility, widespread adoption, and application support, here at AwardSpace we have integrated MySQL throughout our entire hosting platform. You will have the ability to create a MySQL database if you are using a paid hosting plan, a semi-dedicated server, a VPS, or even our free hosting package.