Database Hosting

Winhost includes support for Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and Microsoft Access with all our hosting plans for free.

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Microsoft SQL Hosting

We host SQL data on separate SQL servers and promise never to host websites and SQL databases on the same server.

You get DBO rights and we support integrated full text search, stored procedures, and ASP.NET SQL Session. You can manage your SQL database remotely using SQL Management Studio or SQL Management Studio Express.

Winhost's Max, Ultimate and Power ASP.NET hosting plans offer unlimited MS SQL databases. But if you only need a single MS SQL database, we recommend using the Basic ASP.NET hosting plan.

We offer SQL 2019, SQL 2017, SQL 2016 and SQL 2014 as database options.

MySQL Hosting

MySQL is a popular database system used by many of the most popular open source apps - like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.

All of these open source apps can be installed using Winhost's One-Click-App Installer in your control panel.

Winhost's Max, Ultimate and Power web hosting plans offer unlimited MySQL databases. But if you only need a single MySQL database, we recommend using the Basic hosting plan.

Microsoft Access Hosting

Access database is part of Microsoft's Office Suite. Even though Access is typically used as a desktop application, the Access database can also be used as a file based database to drive websites. Access is not as robust or scalable as MS SQL but for lighter website activities, Access can be a solution.

We have heard that some hosts are dropping their support for Access database. That's fine - you can move your site to Winhost since we have no plans to stop supporting Access databases. We'll be offering awesome Access hosting for a long time.

All Winhost ASP.NET hosting plans offer unlimited Access database hosting.

If your website uses a database, whether it's Microsoft SQL or MySQL, that database should live on a server dedicated to, and optimized for, database hosting. Database hosting at Winhost is all done on specialized, dedicated database servers. Your databases never share hardware with a web server or any other kind of server (Microsoft Access is the exception to that rule, as an Access database is stored on your web server).

  • Microsoft SQL databases are relational databases (Microsoft SQL Server is an RDBMS: Relational Database Management System). Microsoft SQL databases are used for workloads ranging from small applications to large Internet applications with many concurrent users. Microsoft SQL databases have been around for a long time, starting with SQL Server 1.0, which was developed for the OS/2 operating system in 1989.
  • MySQL databases are relational databases like Microsoft SQL, but MySQL is open source, meaning there are no licensing fees to pay when setting up a MySQL server. The first version of MySQL appeared in 1995.
    • The "SQL" in MySQL and Microsoft SQL stands for Structured Query Language. SQL is the most popular language for content management in a database (it differs from "NoSQL" databases because it is structured, where NoSQL does not use table relations like relational databases such as Microsoft SQL and MySQL). SQL is widely used due to its quick processing, reliability and ease and flexibility of use.
  • Microsoft Access is another database from Microsoft that combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a GUI interface and software development tools. Microsoft Access was first released in 1992, and remains a popular database for desktop use.

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