Why MySQL so popular in web?

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system.  The MySQL development project has made its source code available under the terms of the GNU General Public License, as well as under a variety of proprietary agreements. MySQL is roughly 10 years old.  That means it was started in the late 90s.  This was right about the time that everyone decided that they could have a website. MySQL ties nicely into the explosion of the internet.

Thousands of static websites are popping up every day.  And, small web hosting companies are starting to take hold.  The competition among the regional web hosts leads them to expand their offerings and, at the same time, websites are struggling to differentiate themselves.  While he majority of sites are still static content, many require a small backend database.  MySQL is the ONLY FREE database around.  MySQL becomes the default install in many of these webhosting companies.  As tools for building sites become more popular MySQL is the only viable choice. It was also much easier to get started learning MySQL.  Getting it running out of the box and connecting as a default user was so simple anyone could do it.

Here is the main reason of MySQL's popularity -

1. It is free, which means it sees more use on personal projects as well as on hosting platforms that provide a DBMS solution.

2. It is one of the few solutions that can run on almost any operating system.

3. It uses basic SQL rather than a specialized variant, meaning that it requires less-specialized knowledge to use.

4. Setup and configuration is more straight-forward and less time-consuming than most other options.    

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