I’ve been a PHPMyAdmin user for years now and I’ve embraced it because there didn’t seem to be a better solution, unless you love the command-line, that is. Well those days are over since I found out about SQL Buddy with it’s slick user interface. I switched instantly.
SQL Buddy just looks beautiful. I’ve used PHPMyAdmin with the ClearView theme for ages now and it doens’t come near the cleanliness SQL Buddy offers. And in my case less distractions equals higher productivity. The interface itself is very intuitive and easy to use.
If you’re not on a managed hosting platform you might like to have full control over your user management in a nifty interface. SQL Buddy delivers this!
PHPMyAdmin weighs in a whopping 3.5 Mb which is kind of ridiculous compared to SQL Buddy’s 320 Kb. I know there’s a big difference in features but if you don’t need much you shouldn’t have to download much. Installation is also a breeze, just unzip it to your server and you’re ready to go. No configuration whatsoever.
PHPMyAdmin allows you to download database exports in many formats, SQL Buddy just offers a text export. As a developer I don’t mind the lack of other options since I manage my backups via cronjobs. So this is not really a thumbs up or down for SQL Buddy but I thought I’d mention it before someone starts a flamewar over it in the comments.
Go download SQL Buddy and check it out. I personally think it’ll be the next best thing for web-based database management. You’ll be amazed by it’s ease-of-use and trivial installation.