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How to Build a Database Driven Web Site
By: Herman Drost
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    How to Build a Database Driven Web Site - Requirements...

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    MySQL - to retrieve information from a database, you first need to have a database. That's where MySQL comes in. MySQL is a relational database management system, or RDBMS. It's a software package that is very good at organizing and managing large amounts of information. MySQL also makes that information readily accessible by using a server-side scripting language like PHP.

    PHP - this is a server-side scripting language. With PHP installed, your Web server will be able to read a new file (called a "PHP script") that can retrieve information instantly from a database and insert it into a web page before sending it to the browser that requested it. PHP is completely free to download and use.

    Check with your current Web host. Make sure they have already installed MySQL and PHP on your Web server. Most web hosting companies already have it installed. If not find a web host that provides this service.

    Steps to building a database driven web site:

    You will be building a link directory site using a mySQL database and the WSN Links Script (a PHP script). Here's an example of the "Colorado Business Directory Site" that was built, based on following the 7 steps below:

    1. Check that your web host has PHP 4.10+ (or PHP 5) and MySQL 3+ installed on the server.

    2. To create the mySQL database on the web server:

    -login to the cpanel of your server ie domainname/cpanel with your user name and password.
    -click on 'MySQL Databases' icon.
    -enter database name
    -click 'add db'
    -click on 'go back'
    -under 'Users' enter user name and password for database
    -click 'add user'
    -click on 'go back'
    -click on 'add user to database'

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