Search database


I created a database in my server and managed to connect to test it. All’s well there.

Now, what I want to do is to have a search facility in my site to look for hotel chains that have hotels in specific cities.

The next step, I think, is to enter data into the database in the server (several hundred records. at least).

How do I do that?

I expect that I need to type in the records locally in my PC before uploading it to the server.

What do I need to do that, please?

if you’re using mysql, have a look at heidisql – if you’re using some other database system, there are equivalent front-end applications

create a local database, create a local table, insert your data there, test as necessary, then export/dump your table, link to your server, and import the dumped .sql file

all very easy with heidi :slight_smile:


Yes, I’m using mysql. Elsewhere I was told that I needed a local server
(e.g. XAMPP for Windows EasyPHP DevServer 14.1 ampServer)

Is heidisql a local server?

Does this have to be identical to the one in the server, ir a can use any programme that I like, like Notepad with entries separated by a comma?

Sorry, but this is all new to me other than DOS stuff in the 70s and 80s…


I’ve been reading…

Could you confirm that I understood what I read and that I can write the table in Notepad, one record per line, with fields tab separated?

This would then, I hope, be in the right format to upload it to the server’s database via some method yet to be discovered by me using something like

LOAD DATA INFILE '/tmp/mydata.txt' INTO TABLE PerformanceReport;

Would this code be done in the server?

yes, LOAD DATA can be run on the server

but if you’re new, may i respectfully suggest you do everything on your PC until it is problem free

heidisql is a front end application to your mysql database (both local and remore server)

seriously, it’s a lot easier to work with tables and data when you do it locally

once the data is loaded and clean, you simply dump the table (it produces a file of INSERT statements) and then run that up to your server

Hi r937

Things are moving along. I downloaded heidesql but also CSVed. I wrote a few lines in Notepad++ and dragged the file to CSVed and it looks very nicely ordered in columns as in the server’s database.

Right now I am only testing with database that has just an invented record and there is no danger (i think) of doing any harm to y website.

What I would like to try now is to upload/import the file with half a dozen records into the database.

Apart from LOAD DATA I read that it can be done in the PC’s command line with something like this

mysql -u username_user -p username_db < /home/mydump.sql

is this ok?

Otherwise how do I run the other command from within the server?

It’s all new to me!

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