InnoDB is a storage engine for MySQL relational databases, which is used by widely used script-based web apps such as Joomla v3 and Magento. It’s ideal for scalable apps, since it performs very well when processing large data volumes. Rather than locking the whole database table to add new information to a database as many other engines do, InnoDB locks only one row, so it can complete much more operations for the same period of time. Also, InnoDB offers a better crash recovery and supports transactions and foreign key constraints – a set of rules that prescribe how data imports and updates should be handled. If a given operation hasn’t been thoroughly completed for any reason, the action will be rolled back. Thus, the content in the database will remain safe and sound and won’t be partially merged with newly imported content.
InnoDB in Cloud Hosting
While InnoDB is either not available or a paid upgrade with many website hosting service providers, it’s included in the default set of features that we’re offering with our cloud hosting plans. If you would like to make use of a PHP script-powered web app that needs InnoDB particularly, in order to be activated and to function properly, you will not face any problems because the InnoDB database engine is available on our in-house developed cloud web hosting platform. Irrespective of whether you set up a brand new MySQL database and install an app manually or take advantage of our one-click app installer software tool, InnoDB will be selected automatically by our platform as the default engine if the given application needs it instead of MyISAM. Besides the incredible crash recovery that InnoDB is offering, we also make daily backups of all databases, so we can quickly restore any database in your shared web hosting account.