Monday, September 9, 2013

Overview of phpMyAdmin

PhpmyAdmin can be described as the most popular application, which is being used for the MySQL database management. Basically it is a free management tool that has been developed in PHP and it is a very useful tool. As with the help of this application you can easily export, import, delete, drop, alter or create a MySQL database table. Not only this, but you can also run various MySQL queries, check tables, optimize, repair, execute different database commands and even change collation. 
·         The different unique features of PhpMyAdmin are:
1.      It supports a user friendly interface for different web based applications
2.      As told above it works as a support for many MySQL functions which include dropping, creating, browsing, copying and altering different databases, views, indexes, tables and fields, executing MySQL queries, managing the stored functions and procedures.
3.      Importing data from the SQL and CSV files
4.      Exporting data to different formats including the XML, SQL, PDF, CSV, IEC/ISO 26300 – LATEX, Spreadsheet and Open Document Text and MS Word, MS Excel
5.      Searching globally in any database or a possible subset of it
6.      Several more features

·         Requirement of PhpMyAdmin
There are several blogs, making use of the export and import tools in the WordPress to handle different requirements of their websites. In case of an emergency and to repair your blog you might need the WP-DB-Backup tool. But for the backup of your data you will require the phpMyAdmin. Importance of phpMyAdmin can be judged from that factor that it helps in handling the MySQL server, as all of the programs are basically series of different MySQL and databases which manage them. We can describe SQL as the main language that is being inside different databases. So the important fact over here is that phpMyAdmin allows handling different databases in a very easy manner. phpMyAdmin is basically a PHP script that allows users to interact directly with their MySQL database.  Raw data stored in MySQL database can be accessed through the phpMyAdmin facility easily.  
·         Location of phpMyAdmin
To locate your phpMyAdmin, you need to login to the back office or the cPanel. After you login you will see different boxes where similar programs are being grouped together. You have to select the box which shows databases and there you will be able to see the phpMyAdmin. Host control panels like Plesk and cPanel might have the phpMyAdmin installed earlier, so there is not much work left to do. Basically it is linked with the database page and to make sure, it is properly linked or not, you can ask your host for the availability.
·         Location of database
After accessing you can click on Databases which is located under the localhost or the MySQL. If you have several databases you will see a list of different databases. It depends on you, which one you actually need and then you can click on it.
You must keep in mind that phpMyAdmin allows direct interaction with the different databases, so it means any changes you are going to make will take an immediate effect. You cannot modify the changes once they are made in the database, so always work with caution while using both of the elements together. 


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