Almost all shopping carts use a shopping cart database to store their information in. This allows them to easily manage & update all the aspects of your shopping cart such as products, customer reviews, customer information, sales history, stock levels, etc. Without a database managing all the pages in a typical shopping cart would be a nightmare. Databases use a language called SQL which enable you to program questions like ‘show me all products which cost more than $50 which are available in red’. Fortunately you do not need to know how databases work to get the benefits of having one.

The database concept is used in a wide variety of settings, not only on the Internet. Software, games, operating systems, and miscellaneous applications use databases to store and retrieve data. While most Internet users will familiarise themselves with the database concept because they use forums, without the database, the way we use our computers in general would be changed completely.

Databases are utilized to store large quantities of data in a simple, clean way. This makes it easy for a web site, program or user to access data. This data is accessed via a programming interface. The two most common database programming interfaces are JDBC and ODBC. ODBC is used in most e-mail clients to help access, store, change, and retrieve e-mail-based information, such as a contact list or the main body of the e-mails.

Every day you interact with databases in a wide variety of ways.  When you check your e-mail, visit a site or even play your favorite games, databases are being used with every click to access the information you need.  If you build a web site or forum, you can utilize databases to make things easier for the development and use.  Databases are taken for granted by most users because they cannot see them.  However, without them, each and all of us would be lost on the Internet and using our computers every day.

So what is the right database for you? The chances are it will not make much difference unless you’re expecting a bunch of visitors. If you’re attached to a particular web host, check which databases they support as that might restrict your options.