The MySQL® database has become the world’s most popular open-source database because of its consistently fast performance, high reliability and ease of use. It’s used on every continent – Yes, even Antarctica! – by individual Web developers as well as many of the world’s largest and fastest-growing organizations to save time and money powering their high-volume Web sites, business-critical systems and packaged software – including industry leaders such as Yahoo!, Alcatel-Lucent, Google, Nokia, YouTube, and Zappos.com.
MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system intended to remain free under the GNU GPL. Development is led by some of the original developers of MySQL, who forked it due to concerns over its acquisition by Oracle Corporation. Contributors are required to share their copyright with the MariaDB Foundation.
There are three ways of connecting to My SQL: Direct, Via SSL and Via SSH
Note: User fields provide a convenient way of storing additional data
Creating New Connection
In the Name Text Box type in a new name for the connection you are about to create
Type in the hostname
Select a Database name from the drop-down List
Select the appropriate connection port default is 3306
Fill in the Username/Password for the database you wish to connect to
Fill in SSL/SSH connection details if necessary
Click Test Connection to ensure the details you have provided are correct
Click OK to close the connection properties window