1.3 Direct Connection to MySQL Database
Let's check step-by-step instruction how to configure a direct connection to your store database.
1. Go to Settings -> Preferences -> Database Connection tab and enable 'Direct Connection to the store database' check-box.
2. You have to specify the following settings to be able to connect:
- MySQL Host (i.e. Server Address) - Usually it is your website name like "mywebsite.com" or "servername.com" (do not include http://www. prefix); you may use IP address as well. Please check your store server parameters (see global.inc.php, most likely you can find it at your store /includes directory).
There you can find your database server name (host).
$glob['dbhost'] = 'servername.com';
If any is defined here (like 'http://www.servername.com'), you should use the one (servername.com).
If it is defined as 'localhost', it means you should use your store name.
Port - 3306 is used in most cases (please ask your hosting provider to check if the one is used).
User name (login), Password and Database (name) - Specify your username, password and database name. You can find them at the bottom of global.inc.php file:
$glob['dbdatabase'] = 'remote_database_name'; //your database name is defined here
$glob['dbpassword'] = 'password'; //your password is defined here
$glob['dbusername'] = 'username'; //your User Name (login) is defined here
You may type database name manually or use 'Select Database' button to see the list of available databases and select the one you need from the drop-down.
Tip: Use the Test Connection button to verify if all settings are correct and connection to your remote database is possible.
3. Click OK to save this entry, close Preferences and to connect to your database, or click cancel to discard this entry.
If you're unable to connect to a remote database, here are a few key items to check.
If you got such message as: