From Phoenix User Guide
FAQ Tips & Tricks

  • Different database software is run on different host servers but they will all operate in essentially the same way - one of the most common is phpMyAdmin.
  • SQL (Structured Query Language) code or statements are used to communicate with the database.
  • There is usually no requirement to access or edit the database but it may be necessary to restore a previously backed up database or run some SQL to set up new database entries and update some existing database entries as part of a Phoenix update or additional module installation.
  • Ensure that you have made a database backup prior to running any SQL.

  • Log in to the database through your host server account - they will provide instructions on how to do this.
  • You will see this:


  • To restore a complete database or install a SQL file:
    • Click on the database name shown in the top left menu to see this:


    • Click the Import tab in phpMyAdmin to see this:


    • Click Choose File
    • Navigate to the SQL file on your local computer.
    • Click Open to upload the file.
    • Click Go in phpMyAdmin (shown bottom right in the screenshot) to run the SQL file.

  • To back up a complete database:
    • Click on the database name shown in the top left menu.
    • Click the Export tab.
    • Click Go to download.
    • Alternatively click the Custom button for more options before clicking Go to download.

  • SQL can also be run as a single statement not contained in a file.
    • It might look something like this:
UPDATE configuration SET sort_order = '310' WHERE configuration_key = 'VALUE';
  • Log in to the database
  • Click on the database name shown at the top of the tables list in the left panel.
  • Click the SQL tab in phpMyAdmin to see this:


  • Paste (Ctrl+V on keyboard) the previously copied SQL statement into the input box.
  • Click Go in phpMyAdmin to run the SQL statement.

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