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Encyclopedia: Database Terminology

Databases represent the powerful software that underlies contemporary websites, making the web such an enormous, flexible and orderly organized source of information as we know it today. They are like the separate departments of huge library archives storing all the data available on the Net, which is made readily available to users as they browse through the various database-driven web pages, clicking to request information or to sign up for certain services. The 'Databases' chapter of our NTC Hosting Encyclopedia is focused on shedding light on the most popular open-source database types on the web - MySQL and PostgreSQL, and on giving you a good reason to resort to the dynamic website set-up approach for keeping your web presence relevant to the actual web development trends.


The most popular open-source database software on the Internet is one of the basic components of established website development platforms such as LAMP (Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP) due to its proven reliability and speed of performance.

MySQL create user

The ability to create users is a basic part of the MySQL database management process and is usually executed through the MySQL command line, requiring that certain privileges be assigned to the website administrator.

MySQL create database

Creating databases equals setting up the data 'containers' for information-loaded websites. Two major MySQL database creation methods are currently practised online - through the phpMyAdmin interface and via the SQL command line.

MySQL create table

These are the main components of MySQL databases allowing for various data to be easily structured and managed. The easiest way to create MySQL tables is through database management software like phpMyAdmin.

MySQL alter table

The possibility for website owners to manage the settings of MySQL tables is the key to keeping the information presented on their web pages always up to date and secure. This is possible through the command line or via the graphic interface of admin tools like phpMyAdmin.


Being one of the most popular MySQL database administration tools, phpMyAdmin allows you to easily manage your MySQL databases. It's a standard database manager included in all NTC Hosting plans.

MySQL grant

This refers to the possibility for server administrators to control certain user privileges over the MySQL server by restricting their access to a whole database or just limiting permissions for a specific table for security reasons.

MySQL date

This refers to the option to store dates in MySQL. Using one of the several store data methods users can create structured websites with chronological arrangement of articles, posts and replies.

MySQL insert

Using the MySQL insert users can add new records to a database table. The "insert into" command can be run via command line or using a web interface, such as PHPMyAdmin.

MySQL Table

MySQL stores the data in tables. The database tables consist of rows and columns. In MySQL the rows contain the actual data, while the columns specify the data type.

MySQL database dump

The MySQL database storage refers to the exact number of megabytes you need to store information in databases on your site’s web server. Its amount depends on what portion of your site contents will be kept in databases.

MySQL Database Storage

The MySQL dump is a method for creating a backup of your database data. Creating a database dump is also useful when you need to easily migrate your website to other web hosting provider.

MySQL 6 Preview

In today's Internet world, each site strives to be as dynamic and content rich as possible, which is why almost every site is connected to a database. And when one mentions database, the word MySQL is the first thing which comes to mind.


As a free alternative to powerful corporate database applications, PostgreSQL offers architecture of proven quality allowing for the creation of huge databases, and boasts reliability, scalability, data integrity, and correctness.

PostgreSQL create user

Allowing users to have full control over the access to the objects in the database, PostgreSQL offers two methods of database user creation - by using the SQL command CREATE USER, and via the command-line wrapper called createuser.

PostgreSQL table

The basic components of PostgreSQL databases, allowing for the stored data to be easily organized and modified, can be created through any PostgreSQL end client.

PostgreSQL database

PostgreSQL databases store web applications' dynamic content and user information within tables and can be created via authorized access to the respective pgSQL server.


This popularity-gaining database management tool ensures both basic and advanced functions, among them the ability to create PostgreSQL databases and users and manage user privileges, database dumping in a variety of formats, etc.

PostgreSQL sequence

Most commonly used for artificial primary keys, this specific database function serves for generating unique numeric identifiers within the lines of a PostgreSQL database in a simple and safe multi-user way.

PostgreSQL Database Storage

If you use PostgreSQL databases for your dynamic website, you will need to know what their approximate storage is, so that you could choose the right amount of database resources for your web presence.


ODBC is a universal solution for creating dynamic applications. With its modular model, ODBC provides a simple way for integrating an application within many types of Database management system.


SQL is a programming language, which has facilitated to a considerable extent the database management process, typical for dynamic website development. It is responsible for querying and editing data stored in a certain database management system.


Ranking among the most significant structural elements of the web today, databases serve a special purpose – to provide content-driven websites and applications with a well-organized mechanism of automated data manipulation.

Database storage

All the information available in modern dynamic websites is stored in databases. A single database can store many different types of information, including text, images, and even media files.


DBA, standing for database administrator, is the person responsible for managing databases. Each DBA may be engaged in executing a variety of crucial database manipulation tasks such as archiving, testing, running, security control, etc.


ODBS refers to Open DataBase Connectivity, a standard database access method working as SQL API software. It is aimed at facilitating developers in their work with database management systems (DBMS).

MySQL Statistics

The MySQL statistics tool ensures real time monitoring of your MySQL databases activity. With such tool at hand you will be able to avoid any possible load on the server where your database-driven websites are located.