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What is a "Database"? (2 posts)

  1. mrsmecomber
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I have been reading WordPress stuff alll day and I am baffled. I've been trying to get WordPress on my web host (Whip an Orbit). I've been stuck solid at the WP installation part where you change the "wp-config-sample.php" database name.

    Someone please tell me what is a database. The term isn't even in the glossary.

    I don't know what to put in these things:

    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define('DB_NAME', 'wp02'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'boyjojo'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'mypasswd'); // ...and password

    1. What is a database?

    2. What is my MySQL username? How do I find that? Is that the username I use to access my control panel at my Web Host?

    3. What do I use for my password? The same passwod that I use to access my control panel at my Web Host?

    I sure could use some help. Thanks.

  2. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 6 years ago #

    1. http://databases.about.com/od/specificproducts/a/whatisadatabase.htm

    For WordPress purposes we are talking about a database created in MySQL, which is a sort of application, or officially a relational database management system.

    2. This is the sort of information your host would be able to provide. We would not know it.

    3. Same answer as 2. The password would be attached to a MySQL account, which would be separate from your hosting account.

    By the way, having 'database' in the Codex glossary is a good idea. I'll see about adding it.

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