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Choosing a database package for a Web site

I am an intermediate to advanced computer user who is interested in setting up a Web site. Would you be able to recommend a database package which can be fully integrated and relatively easy to understand as I know very little about database design?

While there are a number of database engines that can be easily integrated into a Web site, I'm very cautious about recommending one. All of the major client/server engines will do an adequate job, but each has lots of advantages and limitations that will affect the decision.

A Web site that gets much traffic can put a considerable load on a database. You really need to have some understanding of the database management issues before you can even make a good estimate at the potential load that your database might get.

If you really are not comfortable picking a database engine for your Web site, I would leave that decision to someone with more experience.

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