Assessing an ISP—MySQL-Specific Considerations

The precedingsection gives you a way to assess an ISP's general capabilities. This section discusses criteria for evaluating an ISP's MySQL services. When you see "MySQL," interpret that as including any other related services you require, such as Apache, PHP, and DBI.

  • What MySQL-related services does the ISP provide?

  • What version of MySQL is installed?

  • What is ISP policy on updating MySQL?

  • Are there known problems with MySQL on the ISP's operating system?

  • Can you install your own software?

  • Is the ISP concerned about privacy and security of your database?

  • Do they help you get started?

  • What kind of MySQL-specific technical support is provided?

  • How many of their customers use MySQL?

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