djq djq - 6 months ago 16
SQL Question

Remotely connecting to a MySQL database

I've just set up a MySQL database on a web-hosting service and I'm trying to connect to it remotely using the following php:

//Connect To Database
$yourfield = 'lat';

mysql_connect($hostname,$username, $password) OR DIE ('Unable to connect to database! Please try again later.');

$query = 'SELECT * FROM ' . $usertable;
$result = mysql_query($query);
if($result) {
while($row = mysql_fetch_array($result)){
print $name = $row[$yourfield];
echo 'Name: ' . $name;
else {
print "Database NOT Found ";

I'm quite new to php and MySQL, and I don't understand a few things. I have saved the above code in a file (called demo.html) and I try viewing it in my web browser (it currently does not show anything).

My hosting company told me that to connect to the database I should use

I assumed that I needed to include the IP address (what I see when I login using PhPMyAdmin), so I added that also. However, I don't know if that is structured correctly.



Use the supplied domain name

Prepending the hostname with an IP as you are doing only changes the hostname and that is why it is failing to connect.

The hostname will be converted to an IP address behind the scenes for you. No need to do it yourself. Plus, hardcoding IPs is bad practice as they can change over time.