What is an Access Database?

An Access database is a relational database contained in a single file that you can upload to a directory on your Web server. People typically create an Access database file using Microsoft Access or FrontPage.

An Access database is different than SQL Server or MySQL database because it is a flat file that you upload on your hosting server.

Many Web developers use Microsoft Access databases in conjunction with FrontPage Server Extensions. If you want to use an Access database with FrontPage extensions, FrontPage will automatically create all of the necessary folders and files for you.

If you want to use an Access database for your website, you can either use our version of Access database support (without using FrontPage), or enable FrontPage Server Extensions. You cannot set up both methods on your Windows hosting account.

Note: Only Windows Classic Hosting accounts support Access databases. For more information, see What type of hosting account do I have?


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