MySQL databases are a huge component in the world of blogging. While they are extremely important to the overall setup and foundation for every WordPress driven site out there, one they are setup, you really won’t need to touch them again.
In this tutorial we are going to walk you through the process of how to create a MySQL database for your WordPress installation and setup. The first thing you will need to do to create a MySQL database is access the cPanel area of your hosting account. This is usually done by logging into your account and accessing cPanel directly or going into the Customer Area, looking for the My Accounts option and then selecting the site of your choice.
Most web hosts have cPanel setup automatically at the following domain name locations:
How to Create a MySQL Database for WordPress
Once accessing your cPanel area, the first thing you will need to do is click on the MySQL Databases option within the Database category.
The first step to creating a database through MySQL, is giving the database a name. Once you’ve decided on a name, you can then click on “Create Database” or “Next Step”.
You should then see a screen like the one below confirming the creation of your new database.
Click on the “Go Back” button on this page so you can go to the previous page and manage your database settings. From here you would add the database username and password under the “Add New User” area. Click “Create User” to save this action.
When you “Go Back” to the database settings page again, you are going to want to add the username to the database name, in the “Add User to Database” area. You can then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Submit” to save your MySQL username.
Now that your database is setup, it’s important for you to setup all necessary privileges. In most cases, you can select “All Privileges” and then click on the “Make Changes” button.
This is the process for creating a MySQL database within your server through cPanel. WordPress uses database to power, manage and control the content being created through the software. For more details on WordPress integration and how to change any MySQL settings, you can look through the install files when you download WordPress.
Using the MySQL Database Wizard
As you can see, the MySQL Database Wizard makes this process quite easy. Once you login to your cPanel an click on “MySQL Database Wizard”, it will walk you through the same steps that we covered above.
That’s it! I’m sure the thought of messing around with databases and cPanel might have seemed scary in the beginning — but it’s actually quite easy once you walk through the process a few times.