phpMyAdmin can be considered the best tool for managing MySQL databases for beginners. While not entirely lacking advanced features, phpMyAdmin’s ultra portable approach makes it the perfect application for accessing and editing the contents of the databases from virtually anywhere.
It uses a web browser, thus you are able to connect to your local or remote MySQL database without any fuss and start creating, modifying and deleting databases as well as their corresponding tables in a matter of seconds. You can even go deeper and perform micro management of fields and rows, while executing custom SQL queries and organize users, roles and permissions.
Its complete ease-of-use, speed of execution and hefty robustness have earned its place amongst the components of the popular web server software bundles such as XAMPP, WampServer or easyPHP. Moreover, phpMyAdmin can be found within the management tools provided by hosting websites.
This particular application does not require advanced SQL knowledge as its intuitive interface keeps things simple,organized and in full view at all time. As soon as you log in, phpMyAdmin lays the available databases in the left side of the GUI, while reserving the upper section for quick access of database browsing, SQL commands, server status, users overview, export databases, import Excel, OpenDocument or XML files, settings or replication.
The so-called drawbacks of this excellent tool comprise the lack of syntax color highlighting and the absence of code completion capabilities that may prove to be a welcome addition when working with SQL queries. And, just in case you forgot the administrator password to connect to the database, all you have to do is add a line to be “config.inc.php” file: $cfg['Servers'][$i]['AllowNoPassword'] = true;
Bottomline is that phpMyAdmin works brilliantly. Its natural ease-of-use combined with the flamboyant portability make the framework of a truly nifty piece of software. Of course, there are a few faults here and there, but the overall experience is at its best.