Why connect remotely to hosting databases?
Here's the lowdown: We provide database management tools with our shared hosting databases. You can, however, connect remotely to your shared hosting databases if you specify to Allow Direct Database Access when you create the database.
Direct Database Access allows you to remotely manage your hosting account databases with external tools such as Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express and MySQL Query Browser. These tools offer a fast connection to your database(s) and additional functionality for advanced users, however, it is a less secure way to manage your databases.
Most users do not require this functionality and can manage their databases through the tools we provide and the backend provided by the application using the database (e.g. WordPress). If you do not need to access your database using one of these third party tools, then you should not enable Direct Database Access.
NOTE: Direct Database Access is only available on paid hosting plans.
Direct database connections do not support secured (SSL) connections.
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