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Unfortunately, after receiving the hosting information from the domain owner, I have found out that the hosting package does not include MySQL. What are my options? What can I use to store data in database form without using MySQL?
If the client requires a database, then I would recommend to them to buck up for the $3/month for the cheapest MySQL package you can find.
If you still want to stick with the free hosting package, then you can always re-write your code to use a file-based dbs. It may not even require too much rework:
[edited by: phranque at 2:26 am (utc) on Dec. 26, 2008]
[edit reason] hosting specifics [/edit]
When picking a host, don't just look for the best price. Look at what you are getting for your money, read reviews if you can find any, and read recomendations. The web host you go with is basicaly the foundation to your entire web presence, don't settle for low quality.
One website thus found offered a summary of facilities on offer from five free hosts. Available was adequate storage and transfer, as well as the other expected essentials. These included mysql without exception.
I browsed the five free hosts very quickly, and not in detail. They had the look and feel of "pay for" web hosts, and their free packages looked much the same as "pay for" entry level hosting packages.
In one case only I noticed that POP3 email did not form part of the free package, and that was a bit of a disappointment. An experienced webmaster might have noticed more problems.
At least one free host offered swift conversion to $minimal hosting if free hosting proved inadequate. That made me wonder if their free hosting was pure protein, or just nasty bait. I guess I'll try an experimental site for a few months on a few of them before committing.