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MySQL is an open source relational database management system. It is used for many websites and can run on Unix, Windows and Mac operating systems. The MySQL database server is very popular and is not as expensive as other systems. Having a database driven web site is beneficial because you can have dynamic web pages and better organization. More companies are choosing to have database-driven web sites because it allows them to customize their customer's experience on the Internet. MySQL is flexible, fast and easy to customize which is another reason for its popularity. Most web hosting companies will offer MySQL web hosting, but you should make sure the plan you select includes MySQL support.