A MySQL database is a web hosting database that is used to store web site information like blog posts or user information. It is the most popular type of relational database on the web today. This is partly because it is completely free but also very powerful.
In basic terms, a MySQL database is capable of storing any type of data that you want. It will let you quickly store and retrieve information and multiple web site visitors can use it at one time. You will use SQL statements to accomplish all of this. In more technical terms, MySQL 5.0 has the following features:
MySQL is the database of choice for several different web programming languages including PHP, Ruby on Rails, and Python. These programming languages make is extremely easy to connect to a MySQL database. It is also used for many popular content management scripts like Joomla!, Drupal, WordPress and WikiMedia.
Databases can be difficult to manage using just individual SQL statements. It is much easier to manage a database using a graphical user interface (GUI). One of the best and most popular GUI’s for managing a MySQL database is called phpMyAdmin. It is a web-based application that makes it easy to manage your MySQL database. phpMyAdmin will let you add, remove and manage databases, tables, and entries; backup the database, run specific SQL queries, search and import record, and much more. Learn more about phpMyAdmin from its official website.
Learn more about MySQL on its official website. They have comprehensive documentation and have forums and training. You should also check out the SQL tutorial on W3Schools and some articles in Sitepoint's PHP & MySQL section.