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How to Run SQL Queries in phpMyAdmin

MySQL is a popular open-source relational database management system that allows users to store, organize, and retrieve data. It executes SQL (Structured Query Language) commands that instruct the server to perform different functions such as creating, modifying, and deleting tables, inserting, updating, and deleting data, and managing user privileges. The SQL language is used to communicate with the MySQL server. It allows users to interact with the database and perform various tasks. Overall, MySQL is a powerful tool that enables efficient management and manipulation of large volumes of data.

This tutorial demonstrates how to run SQL queries in phpMyAdmin. SQL queries are commands that you issue to the MySQL server to tell it to perform various functions. Designed for advanced users, this allows you to quickly make changes to your database simply by issuing the appropriate commands.

This tutorial shows you where to execute SQL queries but not what queries to execute. The exact SQL queries you will execute will depend on what you want to do.

Be careful when executing SQL queries because it will do whatever you tell it to do (and not necessarily what you want it to do). Always double-check any destructive commands (such as DROP) to ensure it is acting upon the items you intend it to act upon. If you are making significant changes, it is recommended that you make a backup before you begin.

Queries are Context Sensitive

The SQL tab appears above all pages inside of phpMyAdmin. This tab is context-sensitive, which means that depending on what you're looking at, the target of your SQL queries might be different.

  • If you are on the home page of phpMyAdmin and do not have any databases selected, any queries you run will apply to the hosting account if you click the SQL tab.
  • If you select a database, any queries run by clicking on the SQL tab will apply to that database.
  • If you select a table within a database, any queries run by clicking on the SQL tab will apply to that table.

How to Run SQL Queries in phpMyAdmin

  1. Log in to your Bluehost Account Manager.
  2. Select the Hosting tab from the left navigation menu.
    Bluehost Dashboard highlighting 'Hosting' tab
  3. Search for the Quick Links tile and click the CPANEL button.
    Cpanel button under Quick Links
  4. Go to Databases, then click phpMyAdmin.
    phpMyAdmin icon under Databases
  5. Navigate to the area your SQL query will apply to.
    • The phpMyAdmin home page if you want the query to apply to the entire hosting account.
    • The database you want to run queries against.
    • The table you want to run queries against.
  6. Click the SQL tab.
  7. Type in your SQL query.
  8. Click the Go to execute the query.

Your SQL query will be executed, and the actions you requested will be performed.


Leveraging the power of MySQL through phpMyAdmin allows for efficient and sophisticated database management. Whether you're modifying tables, updating records, or performing database operations, understanding how to run SQL queries in phpMyAdmin is crucial for any database administrator or developer aiming to make precise changes quickly. Remember the importance of context in directing your queries and the necessity for caution, particularly with commands that can alter or delete data. By following the tutorial guidelines on navigating phpMyAdmin and executing SQL queries, you can ensure that your database modifications are effective and accurately targeted, contributing to smoother database management and operation.

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