Like humans, computers also require unique names to be individually addressed. These unique addresses enable them to communicate with each other on a network and share files.
The names also help people identify the individual computers in a network.
The advent of the internet and the explosion in the number of connected computers have placed much need on hostnames. It assigns a uniquely identifiable name to each computer and defines the location a MySQL database resides.
This article will explore what a hostname is and how to find a MySQL server hostname.
Let’s get started.
What is a Server Hostname?
As a head-up, this could be a bit confusing, but we will do justice to it.
So come along.
A server hostname is a unique identifier that serves as the name of a host computer. It could consist of numbers and alphabets, and it’s usually less than 255 characters.
IP addresses help identify computers and servers. These strings of numbers are not easily memorable, so hostnames assign names to these IP addresses so that people don’t have to memorize those long numbers.
They are name resolution for IP addresses. And they’re not the same as a domain name.
The latter is the address people type in the browser when visiting the website. It consists of two or more labels. The left and right labels concatenate and a dot delimits them, for example, www.scalahosting.com.
The right-hand side label com is the top-level domain, while the left label, scalahosting is the sub-domain of com. Each label to the left delimited by a dot is a sub-domain of the domain to the right. Of course, sub-domains are also domains but are subordinate to their parent domains.
The next component beyond these levels specifies the host server.
For instance, the www in our example denotes that the domain name is on a World Wide Web host server. The hostname identifies the servers that connect to the WWW.
A hostname is a domain name with at least one associated IP address, but a valid domain name is not necessarily a valid hostname.
How to Find a MySQL Server Hostname
MySQL Server hostname defines the location of a MySQL database. Connecting to your database requires that you specify the MySQL hostname to enable the program to know where to connect.
Here, we’ll be guiding you on how to find your MySQL server hostname.
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The easiest way to find your MySQL server hostname is by checking your phpMyAdmin web interface — phpMyAdmin is free software that helps people administer their MySQL and MariaDB over the web.
And here’s how to find your MySQL server hostname via phpMyAdmin.
Log in to your SPanel, this is Scalahosting’s free Spanel account.
When logged in, locate the phpMyAdmin tool on the Databases section of the Spanel.
Click on the tool to launch the phpMyAdmin interface. Spanel will redirect you to the web console and logged you in automatically.
When logged in, you could see the MySQL version on the panel’s right side, under the Database Server section.
Here’s what you’d see when you zoom into the right-hand panel of the above image.
As you could see, the MySQL server hostname is Localhost. Localhost means the MySQL database is running on the same server as the website.
Another way you could check your MySQL server hostname is via the command line. The command line allows you to perform tasks remotely on your server using MySQL command syntax or codes.
To get started, you’d need to remotely log into your server using an SSH client to access the command line prompt.
On the command line, execute the SQL query below.
SHOW VARIABLES WHERE Variable_name = ‘hostname’;
This command will enable MySQL to return the server hostname as result.
If your website runs on WordPress, you could also check the MySQL database hostname in the wp-config.php file.
Here’s how to locate this file.
Log in to your Spanel account and click on the File manager under the Files section.
Click on the public_html folder to open the files in this directory.
Scroll down until you locate the wp-config.php file and click on it and select Edit to open the file.
You’ll see the server hostname under /** MySQL hostname */
As you could see also, the hostname is “Localhost.”
Wrapping It Up
We have shown you three ways to check your MySQL server hostname. Follow the steps anytime you want to check your database hostname.
And don’t forget to contact support whenever you need help.