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Mahara ePortfolios Beginner's Guide by Derrin Kent, Thomas Bell, Richard Hand

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Creating the database

A lot of the information created in your Mahara will be stored in a database. Mahara offers support for both PostgreSQL and MySQL databases. However, we prefer to use PostgreSQL. If you are interested, see http://Mahara.org/interaction/forum/topic.php?id=302 for a discussion on why PostgreSQL is preferred to MySQL.

The way you create your database will depend on who you have chosen to host your Mahara. Sometimes, your web host will provide a graphical user interface to access your server database. Your web host may not even allow PostgreSQL, in which case MySQL is the way to go for you.

For smaller Mahara installations, we prefer to use something like phpPgAdmin, which is a software that allows you to manage PostgreSQL databases ...

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