Managing a MySQL Database in cPanel with PHPMyAdmin

In this guide, we will introduce you to phpMyAdmin, a web based mySQL client you can use to manage your databases. There are many tools and features that phpMyAdmin includes, but in this article we’re only going to cover a few basics as it relates to php hosting.

How to log into phpMyAdmin

  1. Log into your cPanel
  2. phpMyAdminClick the phpMyAdmin icon under the “Databases” heading.

    phpMyAdminYou will then be logged into phpMyAdmin. It will look like this:

What am I looking at when I log into phpMyAdmin?

When you first log into phpMyAdmin, you’ll see quite a bit of data. For most basic tasks, you’ll select a database in the left menu (see screenshot below) and then begin to manage that individual database.

phpMyAdminBesides a list of databases in the left menu, there are server details and configuration settings in the middle and right side of the page.

Selecting a Database

If you click on a database in the left column, it will then load more information specific to that database:

Database InformationIn the left menu, it now shows a listing of all of the tables in the database. If you click any of the tables, it will allow you to view and manage the data in each of those tables.

In the top menu, you’ll see various options for the database you’re working with, such as:

Giving Developers phpMyAdmin Access

Please note that sometimes you will want to give a web developer phpMyAdmin access. Instead of giving them your cPanel access data (which is not secure), you can install a separate installation of phpMyAdmin for them so they can access it without having access to cPanel itself. For more help with this, please see:
Installing PHPMyAdmin on your Account

John-Paul Briones Content Writer II

John-Paul is an Electronics Engineer that spent most of his career in IT. He has been a Technical Writer for InMotion since 2013.

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