What this chapter covers:

  • Installing the MySQL database on Windows and Mac OS X
  • Securing the database
  • Setting up the phpMyAdmin graphical interface
  • Backing up and transferring data to another server

Dynamic websites take on a whole new meaning in combination with a database. Drawing content from a database allows you to present material in ways that would be impractical—if not impossible—with a static website. Examples that spring to mind are online stores, such as Amazon.com; news sites, such as the International Herald Tribune (www.iht.com); and the big search engines, including Google and Yahoo! Database technology allows these websites to present thousands, sometimes millions, of unique pages with remarkably ...

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